proposal to build a tunnel under Princes Street, as a service road for
delivery vehicles, was announced on July 22, 2006. Some of the
delivery vehicles currently use Princes Street; others use Rose Street
- The tunnel would run from the West End of
Princes Street to Jenners - almost the full length of Princes
Street - beneath the lane carrying traffic from west to east.
- Vehicles would enter the tunnel via a
lift at one end of Prince Street, , probably installed within an existing
proposals have been made by the Edinburgh City Centre Management Company
(ECCM), and have been welcomed by several of the city centre stores.
The cost of the tunnel is estimated to to be £120m. It is proposed
that the tunnel would be privately funded.
the tunnel could begin within 3 years, and it is thought that it would not
be necessary to close Princes Street to traffic during the building work.
stressed that the plans for this tunnel are still at an early stage.
Underground Car Parks
ECCM are also considering proposals for
underground car parks in Edinburgh, beginning with one in Chamber Street
in front of the Royal Museum, possibly to be followed by others beneath
the West End, Grassmarket and George Street.
Edinburgh Evening News: July 22, 2006, pp. 1,8-9