Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 June 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
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Main construction start – Trams to Newhaven

(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.

Chris Wilson

For information

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

Trams to Newhaven – Construction work to pause for Christmas and New Year period

adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven. For more information, please see their latest Project Newsletter.

Please note that construction work on the Trams to Newhaven project will pause for Christmas and New Year from 5.00pm on 20 December 2019 until 7.00am on Monday 6 January 2020.

All open excavations on Constitution Street have been backfilled with sand to protect the ground conditions. Footways have been reinstated where possible and the majority of traffic management on Leith Walk will be removed, with barriers remaining around street lighting columns and build-outs.

During the festive period, we will secure all construction site entry and exit gates using a coded padlock.  All emergency services have been given the code should they need to gain access and the site will be inspected twice a day.

The scaffolding at the South Leith Parish Church wall will remain in place over the festive period and will be inspected regularly.

Our contact centre opening hours over the period are:

  • Saturday 21st December 2019 – Monday 23rd December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 24th December 2019 & Tuesday 31st December 2019 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 27th December 2019 – Monday 30th December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 3rd January 2020 – Sunday 5th January 2020 8:00am to 8:00pm

How to contact the project

Telephone: 0131 322 1122
Email: Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk
Live chat: www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk

The contact centre will be closed on the following days although calls will be auto-forwarded to the on-call team:

  • Wednesday 25th December 2019
  • Thursday 26th December 2019
  • Wednesday 1st January 2020
  • Thursday 2nd January 2020

The operating times for the Mitchell St logistics hub over the period are:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 24th December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 25th and 26th December = CLOSED
  • 27th, 28th = 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 29th = Sunday closure
  • 30th December =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 31st December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 1st, 2nd January =  CLOSED
  • 3rd January =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 4th January =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 5th January – Sunday closure

Traffic management maintenance crews will be operational 24/7 over the Christmas period.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

Constitution Street tram-construction start

(adapted from an email from the Trams to Newhaven project.)

The Tram to Newhaven project team is hosting a drop-in event on Thursday 7 November from 12pm – 7.30pm at South Leith Parish Church where residents and businesses can come and meet the team who can answer any queries they might have about the planned works.

The first phase of work to take trams to Newhaven will start on Constitution Street on 18 November 2019. Continue reading