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Proposed timelines

Full construction programme

Edinburgh trams route

Detailed below is information on the phased construction of the project. As a result of the Covid-19, the project experienced a 13 week delay due to the construction site shut down. In order to take this delay and new physical distancing working guidelines into account the programme has been reviewed and updated. Although the project has faced significant challenges, we are still on track to deliver Trams to Newhaven by spring 2023. 

Download our Construction Phasing Map (PDF)

Detailed below are the traffic management plans that will be put in place for the route. 

Section Dates

Newhaven to Melrose Drive

Following excavation, utility clashes were identified which required further design work and diversions. Furthermore, there was a discovery of an unchartered retaining wall which prevented clearance works continuing until a survey was undertaken to confirm it could be removed.

Download Newhaven to Melrose Drive traffic management plan (PDF 1.66GB)

View details of the Newhaven to Melrose Drive bus diversions

Spring 2020 - Winter 2021/22

Melrose Drive

Map available from winter 2021/22

Spring 2022 - Autumn 2022

Ocean Terminal to Melrose Drive

Map available from autumn 2021

Winter 2021/22 - Summer 2022

Ocean Drive at Ocean Terminal

Download Ocean Drive traffic management plan (PDF 588KB)

Download the text for Ocean Drive traffic management plan (PDF 113KB)

View details of the Ocean Drive bus diversions

Spring 2020 - Spring 2021

Ocean Terminal to Developments 

Map available from spring 2021

Summer 2021 - Autumn 2021

Developments to Rennie's Isle

Winter 2020/21 - Summer 2021

Rennie's Isle to Tower Place

Map available from autumn 2021

Winter 2021/22 - Spring 2022

Tower Place to Constitution Place

Map available from winter 2021/22

Download the Tower Place road closure traffic management plan (1.3 GB)

Spring 2022 - Winter 2022

Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place 

Delays have been experienced in this area as a consequence of the complexity and volume of utilities that need to be dealt with at this specific location, and those utility works taking longer than planned.

The Tower Street junction and Baltic Street junctions specifically have experienced delays due to the complexity of diverting numerous utilities around each other in a constrained space whilst maintaining space for the tram infrastructure to be completed.

The area has been re-sequenced and will be completed in 3 sections. These sections are Tower Street to Constitution Place, Baltic Street to Tower Street and Baltic Street to Queen Charlotte Street.

 

Tower Street to Constitution Place

Tower Street to Constitution Place will re-open for traffic in January 2021. However, all works will not be completed in this area and the project will return to complete footpath overhead line equipment, street lighting and landscaping. Please note there will be a requirement to close Tower Street again in 2021 to complete utility diversion works. This is due to additional design work which was required in this area. However, by undertaking this approach this allows us to commence work from Rennie's Isle to the new developments section of the route.

Download the Tower Place road closure traffic management plan (1.3 GB)

Main works

Autumn 2019 - Winter 2020/21

Public realm works

Spring 2021

Baltic Street to Tower Street

Additional design requirements were required as a result of a Victorian sewer which was located at higher level than anticipated during the excavation works.

Download the Constitution Street traffic management plan (376KB)

Autumn 2019 - Spring 2021

Baltic Street to Queen Charlotte Street 

The Robert Burns Statute will be returned to its previous location. In addition, there is a requirement for attenuation tanks to be located at the junction. 

The purpose of these tanks is to provide additional storage for rain and surface water for when the system is at high capacity. The stored water in these tanks is then released back into the system in a controlled manner once there is sufficient capacity.

Download the Constitution Street traffic management plan (376KB)

Download the text for Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place (101 KB)

Main works 

Autumn 2019 - Spring 2021

Robert Burns statue reinstatement and utility works at Baltic Street junction

Spring 2021 - Summer 2021

Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte Street 

Map available from summer 2021

Autumn 2021 - Summer 2022

Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane

Download the Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane map (1 MB)

Download the text for Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane (51 KB)

Autumn 2019 - Summer 2021

Crown Place to Foot of the Walk

Map will be available from autumn 2021

Winter 2021/22 - Summer 2022

London Road to Crown Street

Download the London Road to Crown Street Maps 

Download the text for London Road to Crown Street (PDF 200KB)

View details of Lothian Buses service changes to Leith Walk

View the map of Lothian Buses service changes to Leith Walk

Summer 2020 - Winter 2021/22

London Road to York Place 

Map available from autumn 2021

Winter 2021/22 - Summer 2022

(Subject to programme sequencing review)