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Tram works to close busy junction

posted 23 Jan 2009, 08:57 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 23 Jan 2009, 09:00 ]
Junctions at The Mound are to close from Saturday

One of Edinburgh's busiest traffic junctions will close from Saturday for work in preparation for the introduction of trams.

A similar closure of The Mound in October brought traffic to a standstill in the city centre and led to an apology for bad planning.

This time they have made changes to the diversion routes to help traffic flow.

The whole of Princes Street is to be closed to traffic from next month and will remain shut until November.

The Mound junction will be closed until the end of May

The work will allow for utility cables to be diverted before tracks are laid.

2009 is an exciting year for the Edinburgh tram project in which the scheme will really take shape on the streets of the Capital
David Mackay
Tie
The Mound/Princes Street junction will be closed, with access to the National Galleries at The Mound/Market Street junction.

Hanover Street will be closed to southbound traffic at the George Street junction while buses, taxis and bikes will be able to travel along on Princes Street from east to west.

David Mackay, chairman of Tie, said: "This work sees the beginning of the end of the vital preparatory work that has been undertaken for the last year.

"2009 is an exciting year for the Edinburgh tram project in which the scheme will really take shape on the streets of the capital.

"The work on The Mound will of course mean that temporary traffic diversions will be put in place. This has been meticulously planned by experts from CEC, tie and Lothian Buses.

"We have also considered the views and needs of retailers and businesses into our planning and we are confident that this plan is the best solution for all.

"Tie will continue to work with the business community in this part of Edinburgh to ensure that practical issues including access and service are resolved and that Edinburgh remains open for business as the work continues.

"The Edinburgh business community and its public want this work done quickly and safely. This methodology, coupled with the traffic management measures, is the best way to achieve this."


Source: BBC News

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