Broughton Road: carriageway resurfacing, footway reconstruction, lighting improvements & traffic signal upgrade

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

As part of an investment in Edinburgh’s roads and pavements for 2018/19, the junction where Broughton Road meets Rodney Street/Canonmills will be upgraded soon. More specifically, the scope of the project includes resurfacing the carriageway, reconstructing sections of the footways, renewing the traffic signals and crossings, upgrading some the street lighting and new road markings. I have attached a plan showing roughly the extents of the works for reference.

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It is planned to start this work on Monday 18 June, and that it will take 7 weeks. The works will be carried out in different phases with all of the footway works being done first then followed by the carriageway resurfacing. The carriageway works should only take a couple of evenings to complete. The footway works will be done from Monday to Friday 0700 – 1900 hours and on Saturdays from 0800 to 1700. However, the carriageway resurfacing works will be done in the evening from 1900 hours onwards. The carriageway works are being done during this time when traffic flow is much less and to minimise delays. We have been given full approval from both the Police and The City of Edinburgh Council Environmental Protection team for carrying out the works during these times. We also been in discussion with Tesco on Broughton Road regarding the works.

The works have been prioritised due to the current condition of the carriageway particularly at the junction. The underlying layers of material on the road are failing and need to be replaced. The traffic signal heads and ducting also need replacing.

Both road closures and parking suspensions will be in place to allow the works to be carried out safely and assist with traffic management for the area. Traffic diversion signs along with road closed and no access signs will be placed where necessary for each phase of the works. In addition, traffic cones, temporary traffic lights and pedestrian crossing points and barriers will be set up.

Street notice signs and information boards will be placed on site along Broughton Road and Rodney Street and the surrounding areas to display changes to any parking restrictions or access, and details of specific traffic management in place. Advanced notice signs for the works will be placed on the main routes leading to Broughton Road a couple of weeks in advance of the works starting on site. In addition, an information letter has been distributed to residents and businesses affected by the works.

The contractor will make every effort to minimise disruption, however some will be unavoidable during the works.  I apologise in advance for any inconvenience but hope that residents and local businesses will understand the greater long-term benefit of these improvements. To help minimise disruption to businesses and their deliveries, there will be alternative delivery areas provided in the area whilst any roads are closed outside their business property. Residents and businesses will be kept informed through on-street signage, letters and personal visits from staff or contractors if appropriate.

Public Transport

Throughout the works, certain bus stops will be closed and will not be in use due to the road closures in place. As a result, residents and members of the general public will instead have to use other alternative bus stops. Details of such bus stop changes and the bus diversions in place will be displayed on site at existing bus stops and shelters prior to each phase of the works taking place. Alternatively, please contact Lothian Buses at or by phoning 0131 555 6363 for more information.

Minimising disruption and noise

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and noise, but unfortunately some is unavoidable during road works. Your patience will be very much appreciated during any delays that occur. Throughout the programme, emergency vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Where possible, access will also be maintained to businesses and residential properties. I apologise for any inconvenience, but hope you will benefit from the improved street condition in the coming years.

If you require any additional information, please contact me and I’ll be happy to assist.

Yours sincerely

William Kearns  |  Engineer  |  Place  |  Transport Design and Delivery | The City of Edinburgh Council |  Waverley Court  | 4 East Market Street – Level C.1.  |  Edinburgh  |  EH8 8BG
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