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Busy street closes for six weeks

posted 11 Nov 2008, 14:28 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 11 Nov 2008, 14:30 ]
Cars flow is to improve following the roadworks

A busy Edinburgh street is to be closed to traffic for six weeks for the final stage of a £2m project to replace Seafield roundabout.

Portobello High Street will be closed to through traffic at its junction with King's Road roundabout for six weeks from Saturday.

There will be a diversion through Baileyfield Industrial Estate for access to homes, shops and businesses.

All existing bus services through Portobello will also use the diversion.

Locally-owned shops, cafes and bistros will still be open for business.

Phil Wheeler, Edinburgh City Council transport convenor, said it would be unsafe to carry out the work while allowing traffic to continue to use all five roads.

He said: "Whilst we regret the inconvenience we believe this is the most practical way to get the work completed swiftly and safely."

The closure of Portobello High Street will mean that Seafield roundabout will effectively change into a T-junction for the remainder of the roadworks with Seafield Road East, Sir Harry Lauder Road and Portobello Road remaining open.

The right turn from Seafield Road East into Portobello Road will be temporarily prohibited, so Seafield Road East and Sir Harry Lauder Road traffic can pass through at the same time. Diversion routes will be signed.

Source: BBC News