Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.

Constitution Street tram-construction start

(adapted from an email from the Trams to Newhaven project. Constitution St is not in LCCC’s area, but LCCC residents and businesses may wish to know the following.)

The Tram to Newhaven project team is hosting a drop-in event on Thursday 7 November from 12pm – 7.30pm at South Leith Parish Church where residents and businesses can come and meet the team who can answer any queries they might have about the planned works.

The first phase of work to take trams to Newhaven will start on Constitution Street on 18 November 2019. Continue reading

Roadworks on Duke Street

For anyone heading to the Foot of the Walk in the next few days, this email from a council roads officer will be of interest:

Scottish Water works – Duke Street

Scottish Water works – Duke Street

Permission has been granted by CEC City Wide Traffic Management Board (after meetings with the Neighbourhood Roads Team, Lothian Buses and Police Scotland) to allow the closure of  Duke Street between Academy Street and Duncan Place to facilitate urgent sewer repair works by Scottish Water.

Due to the location of the sewer it is impossible to maintain vehicle access past the works area and a road closure is required to allow the repairs to proceed in a safe and timeous fashion. The duration of the works is anticipated to be in the region of ten days however it is hoped that they may be completed sooner if no unforeseen issues arise during the excavation.

Below is a bullet point summary of the key measures agreed by the relevant parties to mitigate the disruption to the road network.

  • The works area is located between Academy Street and Duncan Place and involves a 4 metre deep excavation in the middle of the carriageway.
  • Bus diversion arrangements will be posted on Lothian buses website and relevant stops around the affected area to minimise the disruption to public transport. This will include a temporary set of traffic signals(manned at peak times) to ensure access and egress from Gordon Street on to Leith Walk is possible. The diversion route is:

Route – Foot of Easter Road to Gt Junction St – Diversion via Duncan Place, Qn Charlotte St, Bernard St and if necessary The Shore

Route – Foot of Easter Road to Leith Walk – Diversion via Easter Road, Dalmeny St or Gordon Street

Route – Foot of Leith Walk to Foot of Easter Road – Diversion via Constitution St, Qn Charlotte St and Duncan Place.

  • The diversion routes will be signed around the affected area to direct displaced general traffic.
  • Advance warning signs have been erected to fore warn road users of the restrictions.
  • Liaison has been carried out with local businesses to ensure deliveries can be maintained.
  • Scottish Water have carried out a mail drop to affected homes and businesses to inform of the works.
  • CEC have posted all relevant information on our website.
  • Any enquires regarding the works should be directed to:
    • Scottish Water customer services 0845 601 8855
    • or  Engineering Works: contact Charles Paul 0131 445 6431

It is envisaged that there will be delays to traffic flows over the initial days of the works however Scottish Water and their contractor will make whatever modifications to the set up should any be required.