Making Waverley Bridge better for pedestrians
Vehicles heading south will be diverted away from Waverley Bridge from next week so that further work can begin on improving pedestrian access around Waverley Station.
For four weeks from 6am on Tuesday 24 February 2015, Waverley Bridge will become one way to northbound traffic only.
This is to allow the construction of a setted raised table, or an elevated section of road, on Waverley Bridge between the north and south ramps of Waverley Station.
The works are part of a c. £1 million programme to improve pedestrian access around Waverley Station.
The first phase of works on Market Street was completed in mid-2014 and included the creation of a temporary taxi rank, new loading areas and a cycle lane.
The second phase, which is ongoing, involves carriageway resurfacing and the widening of footways on Waverley Bridge, as well as the installation of upgraded drainage, kerb realignment, laying of sandstone and Caithness paving and improved pedestrian crossing facilities.
The raised table is designed to act as an informal or uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, encouraging traffic to slow down and making it much easier for pedestrians to cross the Bridge to and from the Station ramps.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: "We appreciate that these works will inevitably cause some inconvenience for traffic heading south and we would ask for the public's patience while we get this much-needed improvement work completed. The new raised section will create an informal pedestrian crossing so that people leaving or arriving at the Station on foot can feel much safer about crossing Waverley Bridge."
Diversion routes will come into effect for southbound traffic, namely:
Princes Street – North Bridge – High Street – Jeffrey Street – Market Street
Princes Street – South St David Street – Queen Street – Hanover Street – The Mound – Market Street
Advance warning signs have been installed on site informing the public of the upcoming works and local businesses have been informed.
The Airlink bus service will remain on Waverley Bridge and the tour buses will be relocated to Market Street.
The taxi rank on Waverley Bridge will remain in its current position with access and egress only in a northbound direction.