Next phase of works starts to improve access around Waverley Station

The second phase of work to improve access for pedestrians around Waverley Station will get under way on Waverley Bridge on Monday 8 September, scheduled for completion in December.

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

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

The initial phase of works on Market Street was completed earlier this summer and included the creation of a temporary taxi rank, new loading areas and a cycle lane.

From Monday 8 September, lane width restrictions will be in operation at the NE & SW areas of Waverley Bridge.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and the Waverley Bridge taxi rank will be moved to the south east side at the existing motorcycle bay.

Tour buses are being relocated to St Andrew Square for the duration of the works, however Airlink buses will presently continue to use their current location on Waverley Bridge. 

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.

"We've been pleased to work closely with Network Rail in recent weeks to make sure it's as easy as possible for station users to find their way to taxi ranks, pick-up and drop-off points and, most importantly, transport connections for their onward journeys [eg tram and bus] once they've arrived at Waverley."

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