Delight for residents as Russell Road reopens

Russell Road, a key route to the South West of Edinburgh, reopened to traffic today (24 August), having been closed for 11 months to allow for the construction of a bridge for the Edinburgh Tram line.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: "Russell Road is a key route connecting Roseburn and Murrayfield to Gorgie and Dalry, so it will make a noticeable difference to traffic flow having it open again. As always, we are extremely grateful to the residents of the surrounding area for their patience and understanding while these essential tram works were carried out."

Stephen Holland, Secretary of the Roseburn Maltings Residents' Committee, said: "Though the residents of Roseburn Maltings have enjoyed the lack of traffic on neighbouring Russell Road since it closed, we welcome, in common with residents of the wider Roseburn and Murrayfield areas, the reopening of this route to the south-west of the city.  I must add that during the work we have greatly appreciated the consideration shown to residents by the contractors."

Russell Road was closed in September 2011. The bridge which is now in place required 'in situ' construction, with scaffold support erected underneath to secure the concrete deck while it was cast. Space was also needed to construct the bridge supports.

Whilst the current progress of the construction allows the return of traffic to Russell Road, ongoing tram works may require temporary traffic management to be implemented in the future on Russell Road to allow the remainder of the works to be completed.


  • The Edinburgh Trams project is the second largest infrastructure project in Scotland after the Forth Replacement Crossing
  •  The tram line will take passengers from Edinburgh International Airport to York Place in the city centre
  • Trams will have an end-to-end journey time of around half an hour
  • Edinburgh Trams will be among the most advanced in Europe, offering a fast, safe and efficient service with low on-street carbon emissions
  • With a capacity of 250 people and at around 43 metres in length, they are among the longest trams in Europe, providing passengers with safe, comfortable and accessible travel
  • The tramline will have 16 tram stops along its 14 km route, 12 bridges, one underpass and a state-of-the-art depot and control room
  • The trams are due to begin passenger services in the city by Summer 2014 

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