Correction : Leith Street : Re-opens on Saturday 28 July

We have received a correction from “Together for Edinburgh” regarding the anticipated re-opening of Leith Street – now expected to re-open on Saturday 28 July and not Saturday 21 July as advised previously. Updated communication here.

“Together for Edinburgh” (a partnership between TH Real Estate, Lang O’Rourke and the City of Edinburgh Council) have announced that Leith Street will reopen to traffic in both directions by 6 am NEXT Saturday, ahead of this year’s Fringe Festival, following a programme of infrastructure improvement works which began in September 2017. They state that it has been “comprehensively reconfigured from the intersection with Waterloo Place to the junction with Little King Street”, and that “both southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be reopened to road traffic for the first time in 11 months. Bus services will also return to Leith Street on Saturday”.  More details on bus services through Leith Street available at

The northbound inside lane from Waterloo Place to Greenside Row will remain closed during the construction of the adjoining Edinburgh St James site. “Together for Edinburgh” also state that as enabling works continue on Picardy Place, some traffic management will also remain in place at the northern end of Leith Street.

The extended closure of Leith Street which has required long-term diversions via Abbeyhill for all vehicular traffic has enabled the renewal of infrastructure and utilities, “greatly reducing the need for any future works or repairs.”

Although Leith Street will reopen, there are a number of changes to traffic flows. Vehicular traffic will not be able to turn right from Calton Road northbound (towards Leith Walk) on to Leith Street, or be able to turn right from Leith Street (when heading towards Leith Walk) into  Calton Road  or left from Leith Street on to Waterloo Place ;  however, cyclists will be able to make a left turn at the top of Leith Street on to Waterloo Place.

Coincident with Leith Street reopening, Calton Road will reopen and the diversion route on George Street will return to its original operation this weekend, whilst the diversion route at Easter Road/Montrose Terrace/London Road will be removed after the August festival period, in early September. We understand that the same applies to the removal of the temporary closure at Carlton Terrace Brae.

Should you have any questions about the new layout, please contact Laing O’Rourke on 0782-336-2404 or