Work set to begin at Dean Path and Damside Bridge

Work towards the reopening of Dean Path and Damside Bridge will begin next month, the City of Edinburgh Council has confirmed.  

The path and bridge have been closed since early 2016 following a landslip.

It is estimated that the construction work on Dean Path will take approximately 26 weeks which will see a completion date around the end of October 2021. 

Repair work for the nearby Damside Bridge is also scheduled to begin next month. 

Works will include:

  • Clearance of debris and vegetation on the slope
  • Repair and reinstatement of the footpath located along the Water of Leith affected by the land slip
  • Remedial landscaping 
  • Installation of external drainage

Culture and Communities Convener Cllr Donald Wilson said:

The ongoing pandemic has had a great impact on the construction work necessary for the re-opening of the Dean Path. We are delighted to be moving forward with the project and that work will begin shortly. Its restoration will return a key section of our off-road paths network which I know will be welcomed by the many people who enjoy using it - including myself for running!.”

Culture and Communities Vice Convener Cllr Amy McNeese-Mechan said:

It’s fantastic to see this project progressing, which will see a key route restored to the area, benefiting walkers, runners and cyclists. As the works on the path and bridge get underway, I want to take the opportunity to remind those nearby to take workers’ safety into consideration when passing the site. Please remember to stick to the ongoing guidance to keep us all safe.

Published: April 7th 2021