Princes Street

Preparing for the trams

due to start running in 2011  2014

October 2011

Looking to the south down Hanover Street to the Royal Scottish Academy

Tram works in front of the Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street  -  October 2011

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact                                     Photograph taken October 20, 2011


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    Tram works in front of the Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street  -  October 2011


Princes Street

Preparing for the Trams

October 2011

This view looks to the south from Hanover Street towards the Royal Scottish Academy, as work begins to dig up Princes Street after faults were found in the original installation work carried out in 2009 to install the tram lines.

This remedial work is expected to last from September to late-November 2011, then from early-January to July 2012.  The break of a few weeks in the middle is to ensure that the work will not have any impact on Edinburgh's Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The cost of the work is to be met by  the consortium headed by Bilfinger Berger.  The City of Edinburgh now estimate, at October 2011, that tram running is likely to commence in 2014.  (Trams were originally scheduled to start running in 2011.)

Road Closures

In order to allow this work to proceed, all junctions between the West End and East End of Princes Street, except Waverly Bridge and North St Andrew Street have been closed.

This is as far as motorists will get when they approach Princes Street from Hanover Street.

Motorists travelling to the north down Frederick Street towards Princes Street will find a similar situation.

Here are more photos of Princes Street being prepared for the trams.




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