Edinburgh trams will terminate at the West End stop, as part of the Trams to Newhaven project

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From February 9 through April, the streetcar will terminate at Shandwick Place. From April the line will terminate at St Andrew Square.

As part of the new phase, the temporary streetcar stop at York Place, which was built for the original streetcar line, will be demolished to allow the construction of a crossing connecting the existing line with the new route.

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There will also be changes to traffic management on Leith Walk. Work will begin on the east side of the street on February 2, resulting in the closure of the city-bound lane. Traffic will be diverted onto the highway on the west side of Manderston Street. This work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

The project faced a 13-week delay due to issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, however it is still on track for completion in spring 2023.

So far, construction has been completed on two new streetcar stops, which are located at McDonald Road and Ocean Terminal.

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Work began on the Trams to Newhaven project in November 2019 and is expected to be completed next spring. Image: Trams to Newhaven

Construction of a new permanent stop at Picardy Place will begin in May. This stop will come into use when the line to Newhaven opens next year.

According to the Edinburgh City Council, more than 60% of the track has been laid and 85% of the necessary detours have been completed.

Councilor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Coordinator, said: “We are entering an important phase of the Trams to Newhaven project, as we work to connect the old line with the new. We are in the final year of construction on the project which will be followed for a period of testing and commissioning before opening for service in the spring of 2023.

“With 60% of the tracks in place and major construction on two of the new tram stops completed, we are making great progress and it is exciting to be able to see elements of the new line in place, which gives us an insight into what will the route be like? look next year.

“Of course, as is expected of large infrastructure projects of this nature, there is likely to be some disruption, and I would like to thank everyone who lives and works nearby for their patience. We are working hard to mitigate the impacts and will continue to be in contact with residents, businesses and transit providers to keep them updated.”

Councilor Karen Doran, Deputy Coordinator for Transport and Environment, said: “Delivery of the streetcar line to Newhaven will unlock a large area of ​​the city for housing and economic development, while providing a sustainable and reliable mode of transport. for densely populated communities.

“We are clearly making great strides towards completion, and we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption as part of this process.”

Lea Harrison, managing director of Edinburgh Trams, commented: “We are aware that the closure and temporary suspension of services to Princes Street and St Andrew Square may cause inconvenience to some customers, so these works have been scheduled during the busy season. quietest of the year. and well before what is expected to be a busy summer for the city.”

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