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Foot of the Walk

Works in the Foot of the Walk section started in November 2021. See when works are expected to finish in this section.

In order to connect the new tram route at the Foot of The Walk (FoTW), Constitution Street to Leith Walk new traffic management arrangements will be installed at the FOTW junction.These will be implemented in April 2022 and will be undertaken in two separate phases:

Phase 1

Manderston Street and Crown Place will close at their junctions with Leith Walk from Wednesday 6 April 2022 with site set up continuing into the weekend of 9/10 April 2022.  All main diversions, including access to Tesco and Wonder World Soft Play, will be via Easter Road. Traffic movements between Great Junction Street and Duke Street heading both ways will be under 2-way traffic management. There will be no left hand turn from Kirk Street heading north with vehicles only able to turn right heading south on Leith Walk.

The bus stop located at the foot of the walk will move into the centre of the street.

These works are expected to be in place for 8 - 10 weeks.

Phase 2

During the second phase, implemented in May 2022, Manderston Street will re-open to city bound traffic with Crown Place remaining closed at its junction with Leith Walk. This will become Lothian Buses' main diversion route. These arrangements are expected to be in place until Autumn 2022. The key points to note are:

  1. The Manderston Street / Leith Walk junction will re-open to traffic travelling from Easter Road to Leith Walk. Vehicles will only be allowed to turn left onto Leith Walk heading towards the city centre. This will become the main diversion route for buses and other vehicles that normally turn left from Duke Street onto Leith Walk.  
  2. There will be no left hand turn from Duke Street onto Leith Walk
  3. There will be no access to Manderston Street from Leith Walk. 
  4. Traffic will continue to be able to turn right from Great Junction Street onto Leith Walk.
  5. Traffic movements between Great Junction Street and Duke Street heading both ways will remain under two-way traffic management.
  6. Site lines will be extended on Duke Street heading east. The pedestrian crossing point will remain in place, however, will move throughout the phasing of these works.
  7. The pedestrian crossing point on Great Junction Street will be temporarily reinstated but will move at times throughout the phasing of these works.
  8. Alternative diversions will be in place which will be signposted. Traffic management plans can be found in the news section of the project website -

Parking and access

Parking enforcement will remain in place on Great Junction Street, Manderston Street and Gordon Street to accommodate the diversion route. Manderston Street and Gordon Street will require further traffic lining works to be undertaken on 18 / 19 May 2022 ahead of the new arrangements being put in place. Please ensure that no vehicles are waiting or parked on these street as they will be removed. 

Lothian Buses

Bus stops will remain in place on Leith Walk.  Details of any bus diversions can be found at .  

Please note that during Phase 2 of these works, the temporary bus stop located at Foot of the Walk will be relocated further south on Leith Walk. 

Business Support

A Support for Business package is in place, devised in consultation with businesses in the area, which includes a local voucher scheme, an ‘open for business’ campaign across a range of media, and a business continuity fund. Full details can be found here.

Logistics Hub

A Logistics Hubs to support businesses remain operational near Jane Street to help with deliveries and dispatches. Help will also be at hand for residents expecting large deliveries such as appliances or furniture.


Localised works are ongoing to construct the new cycle lanes. As a result, the existing cycle diversion routes will remain in place until completion.

Loading and parking

Loading and parking will be available in the newly constructed bays on the west side of Leith Walk as part of the final designs.  Pedestrian footways and access to shops, hospitality and leisure units on the east side will be maintained at all times. During these works, footpath widths will range from 2.0m to 1.5m. In some instances, this may need to be reduced further.