Northbound buses no longer going up Elm Row / Leith Walk

From tomorrow, Saturday 20th June 2020, Lothian Buses will be diverting the services 7, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49 (going towards the Kirkgate) up London Road and Easter Road as the Trams To Newhaven project resumes.

Additionally, several bus stops in Easter Road, including the one at the top, will be closed.

More info on LothianBuses.com

Leith Central Community Councillors have been engaging with The City of Edinburgh Council and neighbouring community councils about the project and the impact on our area for the past few years. You can read some of the enquries the CCTT task force have been pressing.

Main construction start – Trams to Newhaven

(Copied from an email from Trams to Newhaven)

The main construction works for the Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will start from Monday 15 June 2020 in line with the Scottish Government’s Phase 2 ‘soft start to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained).

Work on the project was stopped at the end of March to comply with Government guidance and to protect the safety of workers and residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 21 May of a phased return for construction sites, plans have been drawn up in line with Scottish Government safety guidelines and industry best practice to ensure the safety of workers and the public. At the briefing on 28 May the First Minister confirmed that site preparation could begin and, following the announcement today, main construction works can now start. This will encompass the existing sites on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and Constitution Street which will start from Monday 15 June. In addition, main construction works on Leith Walk from Elm Row to Crown Place will start on Monday 22 June.

In advance of this some preparatory works on Leith Walk will start on Monday 15 June 2020 ahead of the installation of traffic management which will begin on the evening of Friday 19 June and be operational from 5am on Saturday 20 June 2020 including Lothian Bus diversions. All traffic management arrangements are made in consultation with key partners in the city, including blue light services and public transport providers, through the Traffic Management Review Panel and are continuously monitored and reviewed to ensure they work as effectively as possible.

All works will be carried out through physical distancing and additional measures to protect workers’ health will include daily briefings, continuous on-site inspections and health and safety ‘ambassadors.’ The numbers of workers on-site will be kept to a minimum and a large proportion of the project office staff will continue to work from home. While physical distancing will be a key principle of construction working, workers will also have access to personal protection equipment (PPE) which they may choose to wear as an additional precaution if they wish. It should be noted that it may take time for the sites to become fully operational.

The logistic hubs at the Mitchell Street, Foot of the Walk, Dalmeny Street, Albert Street and Montgomery Street will re-open on Monday 22 June to support local businesses with deliveries and despatches. All communal bins that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the side streets.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Chris Wilson

For information

The Scottish Government’s phased approach to construction details six key phases to ensure work is carried out in a safe way. These are:

  • Phase 0: Planning
  • Phase 1: Covid-19 Pre-start Site preparation
  • Phase 2: ‘Soft start’ to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 3: Steady state operation (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4: Steady state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
  • Phase 5: Increasing density/productivity with experience

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 February 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 2 Construction Phase) at 165 Leith Walk on Thursday 27 February at 5:30pm Continue reading

Leith Walk bus diversions from Saturday 28 March 2020

Lothian Buses has published the following summary of bus diversions. This is broadly what was expected and probably was  unavoidable, once the decision to go ahead with the trams was made a year go by CEC. However, the devil is in the detail.

map of bus diversions on Leith Walk, starting 28 March 2020

Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF in a new window.

Please check the Lothian Buses web-page for details of changes.

If you spot detailed changes (i.e. extended timetabled running times, unrealistic journey times, or longer anticipated individual door-to-door journeys because of rerouting), please comment below.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 January 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 1 Construction Phase), at 200 Bonnington Rd, on Thursday 30 January at 5:30pm Continue reading

LCCC October 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 21 October 2019 at 7:30pm Continue reading

Constitution St bus-stop and bus-route changes

(with thanks to the Trams to Newhaven team for supplying the map. Constitution St is not in LCCC’s area, but this information may be relevant to LCCC residents and businesses.)

Further to the post about forthcoming tram-work on Constitution St, Lothian Buses has issued this map of bus-stop and bus-route changes in the area. Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF.


map of forthcoming bus-stop and bus-route changes around Constitution St

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

LCCC May 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the AGM of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 May 2019 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

The AGM was chaired Cllr Rob Munn. Continue reading