The whole street, and the pavement along the south side of the
street from the West End to the Scott Monument is currently (at July 2009) taken
up by road works to lay the tracks for the new Edinburgh trams. The trams are due to start operating in 2011 - or more likely,
UPDATE September 2011: Latest
estimated date for running to start, 2014.
The pavement along the north side of Princes Street beside the
shops is still open to pedestrians, as can be seen in this photo.
Princes Street is due to re-open to traffic and pedestrians in late-November, in
time for Edinburgh's Winter Festival, 2009.