Princes Street

Preparing for the trams

due to start running in 2011  2014

October 2011

Looking to the west along Princes Street from near the junction with Frederick Street


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


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Princes Street

Preparing for the Trams

The View

This view looks to the east along Princes Street, towards:

-  The Royal Scottish Academy

-  The Scott Monument

-  The clock tower of the Balmoral Hotel

-  The monuments on Calton Hill

All these are visible in the distance.

The shop being constructed on the left is a new store for Primark.

Tram Works

Here, work has begun to dig up Princes Street after faults were found in the original 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.

In this photo, two signs are still standing.

-  No left turn (up The Mound)

-  No right turn (into Hanover Street)

-  Straight on doesn't look like a very good option either!

There were no workers to be seen on the tram lines in Princes Street when I took this photo.

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




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Princes Street views:
 Looking E         Looking W         Looking N + NE        Looking S

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