Tram works resume as construction workers return
Tram works in Constitution Street will resume (pic: Terry Murden)
Main construction works on Edinburgh’s £207 million tram line extension will resume from Monday (15 June) in line with phase two of the Scottish Government’s plans to restart the construction industry.
This will include the existing sites on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and Constitution Street. Preparatory work will begin on Leith Walk from Elm Row to Crown Place and construction on Monday, 22 June.
Lothian Buses will be diverted from this weekend and Leith Walk will be reduced to one city-bound lane between London Road and Crown Place for the duration of the works.
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.
The extended route from Picardy Place to Newhaven
The logistic hubs at Mitchell Street, Foot of the Walk, Dalmeny Street, Albert Street and Montgomery Street will reopen 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.
Depute Leader of Edinburgh City Council Cammy Day said: “The Trams to Newhaven project is being delivered for the future of our city and is one of a number of schemes that are crucial to the sustainable, long-term development of the city, helping decarbonise the way we travel.
“It is exactly the kind of investment we need post-COVID-19 to ensure Edinburgh is a thriving, forward-looking place for people to live and work in and to deliver much needed housing, jobs and investment into north Edinburgh.”
Parking charges return
Despite calls for an extended period of free parking, charges for on-street pay and display parking will be resumed in Edinburgh from Monday, 22 June.
The council said it had suspended the enforcement of pay and display parking spaces in March to protect workers and the public from the risk of coronavirus, while helping key workers to make essential journeys.
It added the reintroduction of pay and display parking enforcement will support the city’s economic recovery by encouraging the turnover of parking spaces and therefore visitors to shops, cafes and restaurants when they reopen.
It will also be central to a package of measures facilitating safer walking, cycling and wheeling as restrictions are eased, by limiting congestion and obstructions on the road.
Dispensation for residents who have a valid residents’ parking permit to park in pay and display parking places in their own zone will continue, helping people who need to work from home.