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Constitution Street

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

Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane

Trackworks are complete within this section. Works on the Foot of the Walk tram stop, as well as hard landscaping works on the existing footpaths are ongoing. Find out more.

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

Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte Street

Works in the Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte Street section started in January 2022. From April 2022, a closure of the Queen Charlotte Street Junction will be implemented for east and west bound traffic. More details can be found here.

Pedestrian arrangements will change temporarily in late April. Find out more.

Queen Charlotte Street to Baltic Street

Track, hard landscaping and main tram stop works are complete. Works for the installation of the Overhead Line Equipment poles (OLE) and tram stop fit outs will be undertaken in mid-May. Find out more.

Attenuation pipe works are now finished on Bernard Street, site set up will change over the coming weeks and a work programme for the hard landscaping  is being developed.

In January 2022 the restored Robert Burns statue returned to its original location on Baltic Street. Read more about this here. 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 this here.

Baltic Street to Tower Street

Main construction works and the majority of landscaping works are complete and this section is open to traffic. The Leith Dock pillars are also being reinstated.

 Attenuation pipe works are continuing at Tower Street. Carriageway reinstatement works have started, including the relaying of setts, and are scheduled to be completed in May 2022.


Traffic management

There is no access to Constitution Street for any traffic aside from Laurie Street to Kirkgate House car park.

Localised access to Coatfield Lane is maintained on a 2 way temporary traffic light control for north and south bound traffic.

Constitution Street is closed both northbound and southbound between Coatfield Lane and Queen Charlotte Street. No access is  provided at these closure points for any vehicular traffic including bicycles. Loading bays are available on Queen Charlotte Street.

The junction with Queen Charlotte Street and Constitution Street is closed to east and west bound traffic. In order to maintain traffic flows, Maritime Street will open at the junction of Bernard Street (by Café Marmalade) one way heading south.  Parking restrictions will be in place on Maritime Street to facilitate the diversion. Diversion routes will be clearly signed for all traffic including cyclists, however cyclists can use the option of walking bicycles through the pedestrian routes. View the traffic management plans for this closure.

The Queen Charlotte Street to Baltic Street section is closed to vehicular traffic will no parking and loading permitted.

The Baltic Street to Tower Street section  is open to traffic travelling in both directions through to Ocean Drive at Rennie’s Isle/Victoria Bridge. There will be no parking, loading or stopping.

Tower Street remains closed at its junction with Constitution Street with local access being maintained for residential private parking.  Parking restrictions also remain in place on Tower Street. Parking on the Shore has been reinstated up to the corner of the Shore/Tower Street.

Pedestrian Crossings

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