Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading
Here’s the latest (text only). There’s little in this issue about NTBCC-land but the content may well of interest.
Site investigation, excavation works and surface water drainage installation is continuing from London Road to Crown Street.
Pilrg Street to Dalmeny Street
This section of works has been handed back to our Infrastructure & Systems Contractor, SFN, who will commence the main tram infrastructure works.
Main tram infrastructure works are continuing in this area.
This area is one of the first section of works that was handed back to our Infrastructure & Systems Contractor, SFN. This has seen the commencement of the main tram infrastructure works in this area. The works are progressing well with the much-anticipated track laying works, scheduled to commence in November 2020. Further updates will follow over the coming weeks on our digital platforms.
Constitution Place to Baltic Street
Works are progressing well in this area with the section of works being handed back to the Infrastructure & Systems Contractor, SFN. The Tower Street junction remains closed with further updates expected to follow in the coming weeks.
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Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
(adapted from an email from the Trams to Newhaven project. Constitution St is not in NTBCC’s area, but NTBCC residents and businesses may wish to know the following.)
The Tram to Newhaven project team is hosting a drop-in event on Thursday 7 November from 12pm – 7.30pm at South Leith Parish Church where residents and businesses can come and meet the team who can answer any queries they might have about the planned works.
The first phase of work to take trams to Newhaven will start on Constitution Street on 18 November 2019. Continue reading
Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release (PDF)
- As a coalition of the Community Councils (CCs) affected directly by the proposed extension of the Edinburgh tram through Leith to Newhaven, we approve the project in principle, and view it, if done well, as an important opportunity for the broader social and economic development of the Leith area and beyond. However, we currently have strong concerns that are outlined in this statement.
- We are committed to ensure that, whatever the final decision of City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), the communities along the extended tram route are not adversely affected by that decision more than is absolutely necessary.
- We have agreed to work together as CCTT to promote and safeguard community interests during this next phase of the project and to ensure that, as the work proceeds, if it does, our respective communities’ interests and views are effectively communicated to the Tram Team (TT) and CEC, and that timely, evidence-based responses are received by the community.
- The communities that we represent are understandably extremely eager that the mistakes of the previous tram construction works should not be repeated. We think all sides can agree on that. Consequently the community is seeking a high standard of solid evidence that this time the work will be better planned and implemented.
- Whilst we acknowledge there has been some limited community consultation, other experiences don’t bode so well. Some CCs have had promised presentations cancelled, and frequently our requests for additional information have not been answered.
- This leaves the unavoidable impression that issues are being rushed and key information is not being shared. We fear in such circumstances that mistakes, a lack of incorporation of community concerns, and oversights, are all possible. It is vital that the confidence of our communities is not put at risk through inadequate information and communication.
- The result is that, as of the present time, the four CCs which are party to this submission do not have the level of confidence and standard of evidence that our communities need.
Below we outline our key areas of concern. Continue reading
(The following is reproduced verbatim from an email from Edinburgh Council, via email@example.com. It does not represent NTBCC’s policy in any way.)
Beginning 19 March, the City of Edinburgh Council will undertake six weeks of public consultation and engagement on taking Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. This will provide the public, local business and stakeholders with general information on the project, specific details around traffic management during construction and the proposed permanent design. We will also outline our current proposals on how we aim to support local business during the construction period.
During consultation your views will be sought on traffic management and phasing. This includes proposals for the closure of Leith Walk to all northbound traffic, with a single city-bound lane remaining open and the phased closure and reopening of Constitution Street. Work in these areas is expected to last for up to 18 months. Continue reading