Work on building the tram route through Leith Walk began Summer 2020. See estimated timelines of when work will be finished in this area.
Main construction works are complete between Annandale/Montgomery Street and Pilrig Street and this section was reopened to two-way traffic on 18 July 2022.
Heras fencing is also being removed between Pilrig Street and Jameson Place as main construction is complete. Drainage and hard landscaping works are progressing on the east side of Leith Walk between 165 Leith Walk and Jameson Place.
With street lighting having been incorporated into the OLE poles in the central reservation, the project is now disconnecting and removing the existing lampposts along Leith Walk. The project will be temporarily backfilling excavations around recently removed lampposts on the footways and cycleway ahead of the Christmas shutdown. Permanent reinstatement will take place in early 2023.
Two-way traffic will be reintroduced at the Foot of the Walk junction between Great Junction Street and Duke Street during w/c 19 December 2022.
The project had planned to reintroduce two-way traffic the length of Leith Walk at the same time. However, the cold weather has meant we have been unable to place concrete and lay road surfacing materials. Two-way traffic the length of Leith Walk is now planned for January 2023.
Works in the Pilrig Street to Foot of the Walk section are ongoing and this section is closed to all northbound traffic.
The below streets are closed at their junctions with Leith Walk:
- Jane Street
- Iona Street
- Lorne Street
- Albert Street – temporarily reopened by Scottish Water between 22 December and 9 January 2023. Visit the SW website for more information.
- Brunswick Street - the junction with Leith Walk was temporarily closed on 23 August until further notice. Read more about Brunswick Street in our news article.
- Montgomery Street
The below streets are open at their junction with Leith Walk:
- Balfour Street - vehicles are able to exit Balfour Street and turn right heading south
- Dalmeny Street - vehicles are able to turn left into Dalmeny Street from Leith Walk and left out of Dalmeny Street onto Leith Walk.
- Brunswick Road - direction has reverted to one-way westbound (towards Leith Walk) as per the Traffic Regulation Order. Permanent traffic lights have been installed.
Diversion routes and advanced warning signage will be erected in the area.
Please note, the carriageway on the west side from Pilrig Street to Balfour Street is closed to vehicles. Access to Arthur Street is via Balfour Street or Pilrig Street.
The newly constructed cycle lanes on the east (southbound) and west side (northbound) of Leith Walk will remain closed as there will be ongoing localised works. This will involve small worksites with localised diversions in place. Access to properties will be maintained. See our Cycling Frequently Asked Questions.
Localised diversion routes remain in place until completion. See the cycle diversion routes
The project has consulted with Lothian Buses on the proposed traffic management to allow the development of their bus diversion routes. Details of bus diversions are available on the Lothian Buses website.
At Elm Row a temporary bus stop layout has been installed with pedestrian access being maintained via Montgomery Street, Annandale Junction and Elm Row.
Logistics hubs to support Leith Walk businesses are in place to 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. You can find them at:
- Montgomery Street
- Crown Street/Crown Place
Our Albert and Dalmeny Street hubs were removed in response to a reduction in demand and to create more space for vehicles to load / unload. Logistics officers from our other hubs on Leith Walk continue to support businesses.
Parking and Loading
The Traffic Regulation Order has been in place in the Annandale/Montgomery to Pilrig Street section since its reopening on 18 July 2022. Please note that the Traffic Regulation Order is in force from the above date. We would like to remind all road users that there is no stopping or waiting on the new carriageway, including tram tracks that have been installed. Loading and parking provisions are available and can be viewed on our Final Landscaping Designs (PDF).
Temporary loading/unloading provision is located on the central reservation on the east side of Leith Walk between Dalmeny and Iona Street (opposite La Favorita) for businesses in the area.