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Constitution Street

Work on building the tram route through Constitution Street began on 18 November 2019. 

Work began in two sections of Constitution Street from Monday 18 November 2019. These are:

  • Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane
  • Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place

Associated traffic management was put in place at this time. 

SFN and MUS’ roles will involve excavation of the road to allow utility diversions, tracklaying, installation of tram infrastructure, public realm improvements, and heritage and archaeology works. This includes the Robert Burns statue, situated on Baltic Street, being removed and undergoing restoration works, before being returned once construction is complete.

In addition, the South Leith Parish Church wall will be taken down and re-built. The memorials on the inner face of the wall will also be removed and protected so that they can be reinstated when the wall is re-built. Download the South Leith Parish Church wall reinstatement plans (PDFs). 

Further work will take place between:

  • Coatfield Lane and Queen Charlotte Street
  • Constitution Place and Tower Place

Traffic Management

Traffic management arrangements have been approved jointly with members of the city's Traffic Management Review Panel, including Lothian Buses and the emergency services, and were put in place from the evening of 15 November 2019. Diversion routes and advanced warning signage were erected in the vicinity for information and direction.

Throughout the construction period, access will be maintained to Kirkgate House from Laurie Street and to Coatfield Lane from Queen Charlotte Street. The Bernard Street to Baltic Street, Mitchell Street to Maritime Lane and Queen Charlotte Street road crossings will also remain open. All other sections of Constitution Street will be closed to vehicles.  The project will carefully monitor how the traffic management is working during the construction period.


In order to enable pedestrian access given the narrow layout of Constitution Street and because the road is closed to traffic, and there will be no on-street parking during construction.  Construction Site During construction communal bins that are currently situated on Constitution Street will be moved to the nearest side street. The regularity of uplifts will be monitored to ensure the area is kept clean and tidy. If you require a bulk uplift, please contact the Council’s waste service in the usual manner.

Key dates:  

From 15 November traffic management and diversions will be out in place  From 18 November infrastructure works will commence.

Access and parking

No access to Constitution Street for any traffic aside from Laurie Street to Kirkgate House car park. The footpath that runs next to the South Leith Parish Church will be closed for the duration of the works. All other footways on the street will remain open. No on-street parking will be available.