Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
(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.
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
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, using Zoom, on Thursday 30 April at 5:30pm Continue reading
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 7pm Continue reading
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
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 7pm Continue reading
(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Bus Users Group)
- The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on bus lane operating hours is complete. The outcome is awaited.
- Bus stop ‘rationalisation’ (i.e. reducing the number of stops): at the time of writing, we hear that on 27 February the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will decide on an initial ‘pilot’ on a routes from east to south west Edinburgh. We’re planning to send a deputation to that meeting.
- The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee considered a report on bus priority measures on the A90 in June, and instructed officials to return with something better within two committee cycles. However, this has still not happened.
- ‘Superbus’ design and access: Lothian Buses has received feedback from users on problems with the interior layout of these. It is hoped there will be more definite news in the near future.
- Members of the EBUG Committee met Lothian Buses’ management in December to discuss subjects of mutual interest, and agreed to continue meeting on a regular basis.
- In February, the Council began a two-month consultation on its ‘City Mobility Plan’ (Local Transport Strategy) for the next ten years. You can send in your own comments here. The EBUG Committee will be involved in the consultation. We’d be interested to hear members’ thoughts, via firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘The Scotsman’ revealed that car journeys across the Forth had increased since the new bridge opened. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee had a session with Transport Scotland officials and others to hear about the Forth Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS). The PTS was supposed to progress in parallel with the new bridge, to ensure that it did not just result in extra car journeys. Disappointingly, it was quite clear from the evidence given that progress with the PTS has slow to non-existent.
- Lothian Buses fares went up by 10p per journey in February.
- We will be holding our first AGM in late May, so keep an eye out for more details!
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
(copied from a letter from Trams to Newhaven)
Date 10 February 2020
Notification of start of construction work
Construction works to take trams to Newhaven will commence from Newhaven to Melrose Drive on 6 March 2020 and are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and North Leith Sands will be suspended.
Works will also commence on Ocean Drive, at the front of Ocean Terminal, on 13 March 2020, scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Ocean Drive and Ocean Way will be suspended. Please note that Ocean Terminal will remain open as usual and access to the car parks will be maintained.
The full construction programme can be viewed on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.
Fencing will be erected in order to establish the construction site which will take approximately two weeks. During this period there will also be further site investigation works undertaken.
Information boards and directional signage will be displayed once the fencing has been erected and the construction site has been established.
Following site set up, Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) roles will involve excavation of the road to allow utility diversions, tracklaying, installation of tram infrastructure, public realm improvements, and heritage and archaeology works.
Construction site working hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm.
Ail works will be undertaken in line with the Code of Construction Practice which details, amongst other things, acceptable levels of noise and vibration. The Code of Construction Practice can be found on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.
There will be diversions to your bus services during construction. Full details will be available at www.lothianbuses.com and via the Transport for Edinburgh App.
There will be no changes to your bin collection arrangements.
Other associated work will also be taking place at the following locations:
- Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Spring 2021.
- Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020.
- Leith Walk — enabling works are continuing and main construction works will commence 28 March 2020 scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021.
Traffic management arrangements have been approved jointly with members of the city’s Traffic Management Review Panel, including Lothian Buses and the emergency services, and these will be in place from 6 March 2020 for Newhaven to Melrose Drive and 13 March 2020 for Ocean Drive. Access through the site will be maintained for emergency services at all times. Diversion routes and advanced warning signage will be erected in the vicinity for information and detailed drawings for these can be found on the Trams to Newhaven website.
The project will assess the traffic management arrangement throughout the construction period and make amends where required.
To keep up to date with the project’s progress and news, sign up to our mailing list at www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.
Considerate Contractor Scheme
SFN and MUS both follow the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which requires a firm focus on outstanding management, efficiency, awareness of local environmental issues, and a genuine consideration for neighbours and the community.
During the time that the above works are being undertaken, all efforts will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience to residents and businesses. Further details can be found at
Trams to Newhaven Team
LHNCC Meeting, Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 7pm
- Introductions, apologies
- Minutes of previous meeting
- Matters arising
- Neil Tulloch – co-opted member nomination
- Police report
- Reports: Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
- Councillors’/MSPs’/MP’s Reports
- Planning Update (see also LHNCC planning page)
- 16/01771/FUL (Appeal ref: 16/00126/REF & 16/00127/REF) Aldi Store, Commercial Street. Update
- 19/04966/PAN: 1 – 5 Baltic Street And 7-27 Constitution Street. Public Consultation: Thursday 29 November, Custom House, 3.00pm — 7.00pm. Feedback and planned action from Planning Team to be circulated in Planning Update in early December as no meeting that month.
- CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) – update in Autumn Newsletter
- Events feedback
- Leith Conference 26 & 27 October 11-4pm, Norton Park, Norton Park Conference Centre, Leith, Edinburgh EH7 — Full report in Autumn newsletter. Feedback email from Leith Creative available at http://www.leithcreative.org/leith-conference-2
- SOSLeith Public Meeting,Wednesday, 30 October, 6.30pm–9.00pm. Update presentation
- Future events (see also LHNCC ‘other work’ page)
- Public Meeting: ‘Bothered about buses?’ Drylaw Parish Church, Wednesday 27 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm. lan Bieniowski
Lothian Buses Performance Manager. May have relevance for Transport to WGH
- SEStran, Bus Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 28 November, 10.00am-1.00pm, Victoria Quay
- EBUG meeting with Lothian Buses, 19 December 2019, venue and time to be tbc
- Public Meeting: ‘Bothered about buses?’ Drylaw Parish Church, Wednesday 27 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm. lan Bieniowski
- CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations (see also LHNCC events and consultations page)
- CEC: Bus lane operation hours — Workshop, City Chamber, Thursday 21 November 2019
- CEC: 2020/21 Budget Consultation Closes 30 Nov 2019
- CEC: City Plan 2030: Choices for City Plan consultation runs 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Public promotion: Saturday 18 January 2020 Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 11am to 3pm
- CEC Edinburgh Partnership
- CEC training session for new Community Councillors – feedback
- EACC: AGM, Thursday 21 November 2019, City Chambers
- Neighbourhood Networks meeting: Wednesday 27 November 2019, McDonald Road Library
- Date of next meeting:
Tuesday 27 January 2020, 7.00pm – 9.00pm