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Christmas opening for Leith tram road

Constitution Street
The trams will run through Constitution Street

A busy shopping street in Leith has been re-opened to traffic after being closed for utility works as part of the Edinburgh trams project.

Constitution Street will remain open until early January to allow traffic to easily access local shops, restaurants and other businesses over Christmas.

The road has been closed since the end of March to move an underground cable.

It follows the reopening of Princes Street in the city centre to buses and taxis on Sunday morning.

Susan Clark, deputy project director of Edinburgh Trams, said: "We have completed the majority of the utility works in Constitution Street recently and rather than starting immediately on the tram works themselves, we felt that it was much better to provide a break for the local community by waiting until the festive period was over.

"By doing this, it has meant that we were able to reopen the street temporarily until early January 2010 to help improve access to the many shops, restaurants and other businesses in the lead up to and during this important period for retailers and the service industry particularly."

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