Roseburn to Union Canal

Key construction stages and latest updates

Project update 30 January 2024

Preparations for the new Mid Calder Bridge over the railway are underway.

  • Work is due to start on the bridge abutments
  • Construction of the steps and ramp access at Duff Street Lane is due to start soon
  • Foundation work on the Mid Calder embankment (90 piles in total) is now complete

Project update 22 November 2023

We installed the new bridge beam last night for the new walking and cycling bridge over Dalry Road which will form part of the Roseburn to Union Canal link.

Project update 7 November 2023

We will be carrying out works to complete the removal of trees near the old bridge supports on the Midcalder railway line. The work will be carried out overnight on Saturday 11 into Sunday 12 November to comply with Network Rail restrictions. We will make every effort to keep noise to a mimimum.

Project update 17 October 2023

We have carried out extensive earthworks to create the new contours of the route, and installed retaining walls and drainage. We have recently completed bored piling work in preparation for the delivery of the Dalry Road Bridge. The next phase of works will see piling and preparations for the new Mid Calder Railway bridge and approaches.

Project update 3 August 2023

Work is progressing well in the Dalry Bridge area. From 7 August, for a period of a few weeks, there will be preparations for the bridge supports. Unfortunately, this will cause some noise and vibration but works will be restricted to weekday working hours of 8 am – 6 pm.

Project update 24 February 2023

Sheet piling work will begin in the Duff Street and Dalry Road bridge area from next week during the 5-week closure of the West Approach Road. This work is disruptive and will inevitably cause noise and vibration. We don’t expect the work to take the full 5-weeks of the West Approach Road closure. All properties next to the area of work have been informed.

Project update 20 February 2023

The two-lane section of the West Approach Road, between Roseburn Street and the Dundee Street flyover, will close on 27 February until 31 March 2023 to allow safe construction work around this area and diversion are in place to help minimise disruption. 

Project update 3 February 2023

Dalry Community Park will close to public access on 6 February. It will be fenced off for the duration of the project so that we can safely start work to improve the area, play equipment, sports pitch and build the new pathway linking to Duff Street and Sauchiebank.

All footpaths will be closed and access to Fountainbridge and the West Approach Road will be via Dalry Road, Orwell Terrace and the Telfer Subway.

Work will start with site clearance and tree felling, including the removal of the sports pitch and play area. This will be followed by earthworks, excavations and filling to create the new contours of the site as well as retaining walls and drainage.

Diversion route from Dalry Road to Fountainbridge and West Approach Road avoiding Dalry Park closure

 

Key construction stages

July 2024 -project complete

April 2024 - Start hard landscaping

March 2024 - Install Mid Calder bridge over railway

February 2024 - Start soft landscaping

February 2024 - Start earth reinforcement and retaining structures to Mid Calder and Dalry Road bridges

January 2024 - Piling works completed for Mid Calder bridge

6 October 2023 - Finish road re-alignment and contruction of bi-directional cycle lane on Russell Road

September 2023 - Piling works completed for Dalry Road Bridge

27 February 2023- The two-lane section of the West Approach Road, between Roseburn Street and the Dundee Street flyover, will close until 31 March 2023 so that safe construction work can begin around this area. A diversion will be in place to help minimise disruption. The section between the Dundee Street flyover and Lothian Road will remain open.

6 February 2023 - We will begin felling around 450 trees across all three sections. This is to allow us site access and to prepare each site for construction. These will be replaced by almost 5000 young and semi-mature trees. Felling will include many ash trees, that are dying due to the Ash Dieback disease and would need to be removed as part of our long-term maintenance planning.

6 February 2023 . Dalry Community Park will close to public access so that we can start work to improve the area, play equipment, sports pitch and build the new pathway linking to Duff Street and Sauchiebank.

 

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