In Pictures: Construction work at Balfour Street tramstop in Edinburgh

This article returns to Edinburgh as we see some more of the work recently completed on the Trams to Newhaven project. This time out we are featuring the tramstop at Balfour Street – which will be the third new stop on the line from Edinburgh City Centre.

The lengthy Leith Walk will actually only have two stops located on it, one of which will be at Balfour Street. It will also be the first stop on the new line which is located in the former Burgh of Leith as the line goes north. The tramstop is within the London Road to Crown Street worksite for which work is expected to be mainly completed in July 2022. Work still to be completed in this section includes carriage and footway works, equipment installation to support the new tram line such as tram communication systems, tram stop fit outs and the installation of overhead line equipment, street lighting, landscaping and traffic signalling. Originally due to be completed in the generic Summer 2022, the last update gave a firmer date of July 2022.

This photo at Balfour Street is looking northeast towards the Newhaven end of the line. Balfour Street (named after the family who once owned the nearby Pilrig Estate) itself is the side street on the left beyond the man in the green hi-vis jacket. The centre overhead line/lighting poles are in place beyond the stop but two remain to be erected on the platform. Once the central street lighting is switched on, the pavement lamp standards are being removed. Platform furniture is still to be installed. On the left we see the no. 16 bus to Colinton via Princes Street which is heading south along what would normally be the northbound lane. All northbound traffic is currently being diverted elsewhere. (Photograph by Roy Calderwood, 4th May 2022)


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