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Constitution Street

View of the Constitution Street / Bernard Street junction with the Robert Burns statue

Work on building the tram route through Constitution Street began Autumn 2019. See estimated timelines of when work will be finished in this area. 

Constitution Street is separated into smaller sections of work. These are:

  • Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane
  • Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte Street 
  • Queen Charlotte Street to Baltic Street
  • Baltic Street to Tower Street

 

 

Works update

Constitution Street fully opened to vehicles from Coatfiled Lane to Ocean Drive/Tower Place on 12 November.

Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane

Trackwork is complete within this section. Works on the South Leith Parish Church (SLPC) wall are ongoing with scaffolding erected. The first of the OLE poles has been installed on top of the wall. New street lighting in this section will be turned on over the coming weeks. 

There have been minor changes to pedestrian routes between Laurie Street and Foot of the Walk. Localised access to businesses on the east side of Constitution Street is maintained.

In order to install the OLE poles onto the SLPC wall, Constitution Street is closed to all vehicles from Laurie Street to the SLPC entrance. Entrance to SLPC and properties will be maintained. 

Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte Street

The full Queen Charlotte Street is open until the entrance to South Leith Parish Church, with temporary traffic management in place at the junction while footway works are ongoing. The OLE has now been installed adjacent to the Chop House. 
 

Queen Charlotte Street to Baltic Street

This section is open to traffic. We are installing cantilevers onto the OLE poles as part of our out of hours works. Tram stop fit out works continue.

Attenuation pipe works are finished on Bernard Street. Hard landscaping works will tale place in early 2023.

Baltic Street to Tower Street

Main construction works and the majority of landscaping works are complete and this section is open to traffic. 

Attenuation pipe works at Tower Street are complete. Reinstatement of cobbles will be completed under localised traffic management. 

 

Traffic management

  • Constitution Street is open to vehicles from Coatfield Lane until Ocean Drive/Tower Place. Temporary traffic management is in place at the entrance of Queen Charlotte up to the entrance of South Leith Parish Church while footway works are ongoing.
  • The section between South Leith Parish Church and Foot of the Walk remains closed.
  • There is no right turn from Constitution Street to Bernard Street. The temporary diversion is straight ahead via Constitution Street, right onto Queen Charlotte Street, Water Street, Burgess Street, The Shore and Sandport Place.
  • Temporary traffic management arrangements will be in place at the Royal Bank of Scotland corner w/c 21/11/22 for approximately five days. 
  • Please note the Ocean Drive/Stevedore Place section offers no through route to Ocean Terminal and is not suitable for HGVs.

 

Archaeology and public realm

Monument of Robert Burns on Constitution Street, Edinburgh

 

 

In January 2022 the restored Robert Burns statue returned to its original location on Baltic Street. Read more about the reinstatement. During the removal of the statue in 2019 we discovered a hidden time capsule in the base from when it was originally erected in 1898. In December 2021 we reinstated this time capsule along with a new one from 2021 for future generations to discover. Read more about the time capsule.

Works are also continuing on the South Leith Parish Church Wall. Download the South Leith Parish Church wall reinstatement plans (PDFs).