LHNCC has been asked by Trams to Newhaven to publish the following. Any queries should be sent to them, via one of these contact-methods. LHNCC was not consulted on these diversions.
Location: North-bound side of Leith Walk
Timescale: 15 March 2021 till Autumn 2021 (in sections)
To allow for the continued construction of the new tram line and to begin creating the segregated cycleway that is part of the final design for the project, we are now required to review the bi-directional cycle lane provision on the north-bound side of Leith Walk.
While these works are being carried out there will be restrictions in in place for cyclists. Sections of the temporary bi-directional cycleway that are currently in place will need to close. Where possible, alternative routes will be signposted for cyclists, however there may be instances when this is not possible.
There will be signage installed for cyclists accessing the north-side of Leith Walk to advise of these changes.
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
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
Leith Harbour & Newhaven residents, visitors and businesses might want to be aware of the TRO proposals to do with the tram-works. LHNCC understands that formal consultations are likely to start in early September (lasting 28 days).
TRO drawings for the full route are available on the Trams Project website, but for convenience here are the ones covering LHNCC’s area. Click any thumbnail to access the full-size PDF.
Tower Place Bridge
Ocean Drive to Baltic Street
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 May 2020 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
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
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.