(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
Edinburgh Council is proposing a Traffic Regulation Order to
- Remove the 'Greenway' red line stopping prohibitions and replace them with yellow line loading/unloading and waiting prohibitions, on Calton Road, Greenside Row and Leith Street.
- The area of double yellow line on Princes Street between Leith Street and West Register Street will be redefined.
- Remove the two 'Greenway' loading bays and replace the loading bay on the east side of Leith Street.
- Remove the bus lanes on Leith Street.
- Remove the banned right turn from Calton Road to Leith Street and the banned right turn from Leith Street to Calton Road from the 'Greenway' traffic order and replace in new traffic order.
- Introduce a banned left turn from Leith Street into Waterloo Place.
- Introduce a prohibition of entry from Leith Street into the Edinburgh, St James, service yard.
The proposals are shown on the plans below. Further information is available on the Council website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders or at www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.
Should you wish to submit an objection to the proposal, please do so by 19 December 2017 quoting notice reference number TRO/17/81.
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Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 09 October 2017 at 7.30pm
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We have been informed that the pedestrian bridge over Leith Street which connects the Q-Park with the former St James Shopping centre will be removed over the weekend 16 / 17 September.
As many will be aware, the Leith Street road closure is in place for vehicles, but Leith Street is still open for pedestrians and cyclists. Given that safety of the public, as well as construction workers, is of the upmost priority, it has been agreed that it would be unsafe to allow pedestrian and cyclists to pass under the bridge during the removal process. However, the impact on residents will be minimised by removing the bridge during the night and early hours which should (weather and wind permitting) allow Leith Street to re-open to pedestrians and cyclists for usual daytime activities.
Therefore a section of Leith Street will be closed for all activities (pedestrians / cyclists) from 01:00am to 08:00am on Saturday 16 September.
Further details on the planned works can be seen here.
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Cllr Lesley Hinds will speak on the proposed closure of the upper part of Leith St from September 2017 to July 2018 for St James Centre works and street improvements.
A recommendation for the closure of the top of Leith Street in both directions for all traffic except cyclists for up to 44 weeks is due to presented to the Transport & Environment Committee on 21 March.
At the March NTBCC meeting, a last minute briefing by representatives from the Leith Street Stakeholder Engagement team was made - prompting disappointment (that residents were ‘left in the dark’), frustration with the process and concern over the consequences in equal measure.
The Stakeholder Engagement team did acknowledge that their “stakeholder engagement“ was more communication – resulting in NTBCC being told what diversions would happen. NTBCC were frustrated over the absence of a more useful consultation process with a reasonable time to respond.
Whilst we accept that, for efficiency and public safety, that it will be necessary to close Leith Street for a period of time to enable the work to be carried out and we also accept that considerable work has gone into the diversion routes proposed for bus and general traffic. However, it is unclear to us that a closure for as long as 44 weeks would be supported by an independent economic assessment, and we also have significant concerns on the absence of specific measures to ensure that the spill-over of diverted traffic into residential streets is minimised.
Although there is no formal consultation process, we have nonetheless submitted our thoughts on the proposal for consideration by councillors on the Transport & Environment Committee on Wednesday 21 March – the full submission is available here
This includes several further potential measures to minimise as far as possible the disruption caused by this closure as well as suggestions for continued review and amendments if required.
The 2nd newsletter has been issued by the Edinburgh St James team which covers progress on the pre-demolition work including various modifications to enable John Lewis to trade throughout the demolition of the existing St James centre and beyond as well as utility works. In addition, preparatory work in preparation for demolition is planned over the coming months.
The John Lewis works include a new entrance on Leith Street, upgrading of the existing “prow” entrance and a new lay-by on Leith Street for John Lewis Customer Collections.
The phased removal of the central reservation barrier on Leith Street is almost complete with the introduction of a new temporary pedestrian crossing planned.
Full details of the planned works in the “quick reference guide” can be viewed here. The newsletter also includes details of the scaffolding and propping works and the installation of hoardings to the perimeter of the site in May 2016.
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of New Town and Broughton Community Council, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 14 December 2015 at 7.30pm Continue reading