The latest phase of tram works in Edinburgh City Centre were due to commence this
weekend with a new diversion being introduced from 0500 on Saturday 3rd March. At the same time the Mound was due to be reopened to taxis, buses, cycles and emergency vehicles.
A series of briefings in recent weeks have kept residents and businesses informed of the
work planned and where the diversions will go. The “Open for Business” budget continues to support those businesses who are affected by the works with an extra £100,000 put into this recently by the Council.
Cllr Gordon Mackenzie, transport convener on the City of Edinburgh Council, commented: “First and foremost we would like to thank the public for their continued patience while the work continues. The diversions and traffic management that was put in place earlier in January bedded in well and every effort is being made to ensure that will also be true on the occasion. Following the successful mediation last year, progress with the Edinburgh Trams project has gone well. The on-street works are difficult for the city, businesses and travellers in particular, but the progress is evident and it’s important we build and improve on that where we can.”
From Saturday 3rd March the diversions have changed with the removal of the bus lane to allow the contractors to work over a larger area. North-south access is available from North Bridge to Leith Street and to the Bus Station via York Place. North-south general access through Waverley Bridge onto South St David Street will remain open.
The next phase of works in the City Centre are due to commence at the end of March when
the work sites at Shandwick Place and Haymarket will be extended to include West Maitland Street. Revised traffic diversions will again be put in place from when these works commence.