Page last updated at 13:22 GMT, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 14:22 UK

Tram works set to hit Haymarket

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Some traffic restrictions are already in place in Edinburgh city centre

Details have been announced for the final phase of work in preparation for the new Edinburgh tram network.

The busy Haymarket junction will be subject to traffic restrictions from July through to November with vehicles being diverted away from the works.

In-bound traffic will be re-routed along Magdala Crescent while buses will be diverted along Rosebery Crescent.

Traffic travelling out of Edinburgh will still be able to pass through the Haymarket junction in single-file.

Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie) said the final phases of work will be carried out in five stages with the first three, around Haymarket, scheduled for completion by early November.

The full works are expected to be completed by February 2009.

Preparatory work will begin on Monday which includes introducing temporary pedestrian crossings.

The Caledonian Alehouse building in Haymarket will also be demolished.

Willie Gallagher, executive chairman of Tie, said: "Haymarket is a critical location for the Edinburgh tram project and we are mindful of its importance to the city. As such, we will ensure that any impact associated with these works is lessened by good planning and robust traffic management.

"With any of our works that have involved significant temporary traffic management diversions, the assurance that the public need to hear is that we work with our partners - the City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian Buses and the emergency services.

Cllr Phil Wheeler, transport convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Edinburgh remains very much open for business while work goes on and every effort is being taken to ensure that access to businesses for customers, services and deliveries is retained".

Map showing the affected roads
Map showing the roads that will be affected during the work




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