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Tram works close busy road again

Shandwick Place
Shandwick Place was dubbed a 'ghost town' during the 2008 tram works

One of Edinburgh's busiest shopping streets is set to close to traffic for up to 18 months as the next phase of the tram project gets under way.

Work is expected to begin on Shandwick Place from 4 January, with the whole road closed to traffic from February until mid-2011.

The road was closed to traffic in March 2008 before being reopened in July 2008 to move pipes ahead of laying tracks.

Traffic diversions will also be in place in Haymarket for much of 2010.

The diversions will be in place as work continues to construct a viaduct and new tram stop.

Mandy Haeburn-Little, Edinburgh Tram Project spokeswoman, said: "Work in Shandwick Place will begin early in the New Year and given the importance of this to the local retailers, churches, chemists, hotels and restaurants, we have already had the first of what will be a series of stakeholder meetings which have included the West End Association.

"Whilst we need to carry out the works, there are options as to what we can do and how we carry it out.

"In addition we are now beginning detailed discussions with each of these businesses to understand exactly what they have planned for the next twelve month period so that we can schedule and tailor the work to support them."

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