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Leith Walk

Work on building the tram route through Leith Walk began Summer 2020. See estimated timelines of when work will be finished in this area.


The majority of construction works on the west side are now complete. There remain some localised outstanding works scheduled to be completed in early 2022.

Traffic management has now been moved to the new road surface on the west side from Jane Street to London Road to enable the start of Phase 2 of Leith Walk works. This enables works on the east side to commence, which includes the establishment of kerb lines, improved public realm, segregated cycleway and all associated tram infrastructure works.

The main diversion routes for phase 2 of Leith Walk works are via Easter Road / Bonnington Road.

The follwoing roads are open at their junctions with Leith Walk

  • Albert Street - Scottish Water works are continuing. The traffic management arrangements have been changed which currently allows traffic to travel in both directions. As part of works the project will require to make further changes to the movement of traffic on Albert Street.  Further information will become available in due course.
  • Pilrig Street – access to and from Pilrig Street is available heading south
  • Balfour Street - open to traffic, allowing a right turn from Leith Walk into Balfour Street and a right turn from Balfour Street onto Leith Walk. Works to re-close the entrance to Cambridge Avenue from Pilrig Street are still to be undertaken.
  • Arthur Street  
  • Steads Place 
  • Springfield Street

The following roads are closed at their junctions wil Leith Walk

In order to complete public realm works on the east side of Leith Walk, the following roads will be closing at their junctions with Leith Walk at certain times:

  • Dalmeny Street – as part of site set up there will be no access to Dalmeny Street from Leith Walk.*
  • Iona Street – as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.
  • Lorne Street - as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.

*Please note that due to the temporary closure of Albert Street for Scottish Water emergency works, a left turn off Leith Walk has been installed on Dalmeny Street controlled with temporary traffic lights for localised access. 

Alternative diversions will be in place which will be signposted. 

Other junctions will close as and when required as works progress. Further details on the timings for each junction closure will be communicated via the project’s communication channels.


Localised works will be ongoing on the cycleway on the west side of Leith Walk. As a result, the cycleway lane remains closed. See our Cycling Frequently Asked Questions.

Localised diversion routes remain in place until completion. See the cycle diversion routes

Lothian Buses

The project has consulted with Lothian Buses on the proposed traffic management to allow the development of their bus diversion routes.

At Elm Row a temporary bus stop layout has been installed with pedestrian access being maintained via Montgomery Street, Annandale Junction and Elm Row. Two additional “floating” bus stops are in place in the vicinity of Pilrig Street and Lorne Street.  Details of any bus diversions can be found at

Logistic Hubs

Logistics hubs to support Leith Walk businesses have been set up on:

  • Montogomery Street
  • Albert Street
  • Dalmeny Street
  • Jane Street

These are in place help with deliveries and dispatches. Help will also be at hand at these logistics hubs for residents expecting large deliveries such as appliances or furniture. 

Traffic Management

The one-way system is designed to maintain local access for residents during construction. This is a temporary measure and the road will return to its current layout as soon as the works are finished.

During main construction works there will be no stopping or waiting at any time within the city bound running lane. We have created temporary waiting areas spaces within the construction site on Leith Walk for customers to use for up to 90 minutes at a time, these are clearly signposted and will move as works progress. The project will assess the traffic management arrangements throughout the construction period and make changes if required.

Pedestrian Crossings

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