Leith Connections

Delivering the project

We started work on the scheme in April 2023. This first period of work included

  • traffic filters to remove through motor vehicle traffic
  • creation of new community spaces with planting and benches
  • footway buildouts to help cross the streets
  • new dropped crossings and tactile paving
  • removal of street clutter

Map of the plans for changes to Leith area througn the Leith Connections project.

Sandport Place Bridge and Coburg Street are now closed to through motor vehicle traffic and we have used this opportunity will install new seating and planters in these areas. Every residential and business address can still be reached by motor vehicle.

Watch this film to hear some views on changes in the area.

Traffic operations

Since April 2023 some routes and access points used by motor vehicle have changed. All streets are still accessible for local residents, deliveries, loading and emergency services. 

  • Wellington Place/ John's Place - motor traffic is not able to pass between these streets
  • Burgess Street - motor traffic is not able to pass between Burgess Street and Shore, accessible by motor vehicle from Water Street
  • Sandport Place Bridge - closed to through motor traffic
  • Coburg Street - closed to through motor traffic and accessible for motor vehicle from North Junction Street
  • Shore southbound bus gate operational - buses, taxis, cycles only outside morning loading hours
  • Tolbooth Wynd - closed to through motor traffic and accessible for motor vehicle from Henderson Street only. Tolbooth Wynd becomes two way.
  • Links Place - westbound bus gate operational (buses, taxis, cycles only)

Some of these measures are permanent changes but some have been introduced as a trial under an Experimental Traffic Order (ETRO). We have recently completed the statutory consultation period associated with these measures. The results of this consultation will be reported back to Committee and a decision made on the future of the trial measures.


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