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Annandale Street to Picardy Place: Upcoming changes to traffic management and site working areas

UPDATE: From Friday 10 June there will be changes made to the traffic management on London Road. A give way will be installed at the junction for traffic travelling city bound from London Road. 

The no right hand turn from London Road to Leith Walk will remain in place.

The left hand turn from Leith Walk on to London Road remains in place to accommodate the temporary traffic management arrangements that are attached to the project. 

There will be changes to the existing sites and traffic management arrangements between Annandale Street and Picardy Place area to accommodate tram works. 

These will be undertaken in three sequences, details of which are listed below.

First sequence:

From Sunday 29 May 2022, traffic travelling city bound from London Road will be reduced to one-lane with the loading bays and taxi rank that are currently in place from 9 Baxter’s Place to Greenside Lane being closed off and parking restrictions enforced to ensure traffic flows are maintained. In addition, the temporary bus stop that has been located in the centre reservation on Leith Walk will move to its permanent location adjacent to Elm Row.

Further hard landscaping works will also commence between Annandale Street and London Road on the west side of Leith Walk. Pedestrian access will be maintained but will move as works progress. 

View the traffic management arrangements for the first sequence of works. 

Second sequence:

This will involve the commencement of hard landscaping works from Blenheim Place to Greenside Lane which are scheduled to start in July 2022. Further information will be available over the coming weeks. Please note that all major construction works at Elm Row are scheduled for completion in July 2022, although there may still be ongoing works on Montgomery Street.

View the traffic management arrangements for the second sequence of works.

Third sequence:

The third and final sequence will see the construction of a new traffic island on London Road.

View the traffic management arrangements for the third sequence of works.


Parking: All on-street parking will be removed in areas as required with parking enforcement in place. There will also be no waiting permitted from London Road for vehicles travelling city-bound.

Bins: During these phasing of works, communal bins in the area will be situated at the nearest side street to their existing location. The regularity of uplifts will be increased to ensure the area is kept clean and tidy and uplifts will take place in the evening to minimise traffic in the area at peak times.

Lothian Buses: The project has consulted with Lothian Buses on the proposed traffic management to allow the development of their bus diversion routes.  You can find further information of bus diversions and timetables at 

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

Contact Us

If you have any concerns or further questions regarding these works then please contact the Trams to Newhaven project team by email on or alternatively contact our customer helpline on 0131 322 1122 (local rate Monday to Sunday 8am to 7pm).


Published: 26th May 2022