Work on the laying of track around Ocean Terminal on the Trams to Newhaven project has been continuing on this first tangible sign of constriction for the extension of the current line between York Place and Newhaven. Since we last saw images from this location more track has now been laid – on both inbound and outbound track – as it is confirmed that a slight redesign will also see the retention of the Discovery Garden next to the shopping centre.
The Discovery Garden is alongside the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre but had been due to be removed as part of a change to the public realm in this vicinity. However, new owners of the shopping centre, Ambassador, along with the Tram to Newhaven project team and community leaders have got together and have agreed to a redesign which will see the popular garden retained.
Speaking about this redesign, Cllr Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council Leader, said: “We know how strongly the community feels about this local greenspace, so I’m delighted that Ambassador and our Trams to Newhaven team have been able to secure its future as part of the site’s redevelopment. Once complete this scheme will deliver a great many benefits to Leith, offering quality, sustainable transport, unlocking the area for housing and economic development. We want everyone to share in this, while retaining the local features that residents know and love, so I’m pleased we’ve reached a solution.”
Jennifer Marlborough, Secretary of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council, added: “Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council is very pleased and relieved to hear that Discovery Garden is to be retained. We have worked hard, alongside local residents and users of the Garden, to ensure that the cultural and environmental value of this small park is not lost in the midst of development. This is particularly important in an area already largely devoid of green and community spaces. We thank Trees of Edinburgh, #SOS Leith and the local community for their help with our campaign. We now look forward to continuing to work with the Trams to Newhaven team and Ambassador Group, the new owners of Ocean Terminal, to properly secure the Garden’s future.”
The complete Trams to Newhaven project is due to be completed in 2023 and as we saw earlier this month the first tracks on the entire extension were laid in early November and this progress has continued as the month has gone on. Whereas last time there was just rail on one track there is now some on both the inbound and outbound tracks. Work in this location is due to be completed in spring 2021.