Improving pedestrian access around Waverley Bridge

Work to improve access for pedestrians around Waverley Station will get underway on Monday 26 May 2014 with the first phase of the project taking place on Market Street.

The scheme, costing around £1m, involves the upgrading and widening of footways and carriageway resurfacing on Waverley Bridge and Market Street.

Works also include the installation of upgraded drainage, kerb realignment, laying of sandstone and Caithness paving.

The project is due to be carried out in two stages:
Market Street – 26 May to 26 July
Waverley Bridge – 8 September to 1 December

The construction work in Phase 1 includes: widening and resurfacing the footways in natural stone paving, installing new raised tables to improve pedestrian crossing points, installing a new zebra crossing at the junction of Market Street and Waverley Bridge, providing a new 10-bay taxi rank on Market Street, creating new loading areas, a new cycle lane, new street lighting, resurfacing the carriageway and reducing street clutter.

At certain stages of the project there will be a need for temporary traffic lights, lane width restriction and parking suspension, however access for pedestrians and deliveries will be maintained at all times and all shops and businesses will be open for business as usual.

Noise and disruption will be minimised as far as possible. 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: "These improvements to the streetscape around Waverley Station will make a big difference to how accessible the area is for pedestrians, cyclists and all road users. With the ongoing problems caused by the unpredictable operation of the barriers at the station ramp on Waverley Bridge and the recent tragic fatality close by, it's even more crucial that we do whatever we can to make this whole area as safe as we possibly can."

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