Transport

LOCAL ROADWORKS – REVISED TIMETABLE

Edinburgh Council has issued a revised carriageway resurfacing programme prior to tramworks starting in the autumn. 

We have extracted those parts of the programme most affecting readers in Broughton, and list them below. 

Dates are subject to change, but the work order should remain the same. 

NB: Work at Pilrig Street Junction, East London Street, and Dalmeny Street should end on 12 July.

THREE ROAD SCHEMES COMING TO BROUGHTON AT ONCE

EXPECT DISRUPTION 

City of Edinburgh Council has announced that a programme of ‘ground and site investigation work’ in advance of tramworks will begin on 20 May.

Contractors Sacryr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN) will carry out detailed ground investigation works at 25 sites along the route (including Elm Row and Leith Walk), in sections of 100m at a time between York Place and Newhaven.

Precise details concerning the when and where will be issued to locals and businesses soon.

SCUNNERED?

Many thanks to local reader John Hein, who today sent us this photograph of a sign attached to a London Road bus stop. 

As Mr Hein observes, ‘Hell hath no fury like a bus user endampened.’ 

For anyone having trouble with the image, we reproduce the text below (minus the relevant official's phone numbers). 

BROUGHTON STREET TO REOPEN EARLY

Good news on Broughton Street!
 
SGN this morning announced that work to replace gas mains has been going well … so well in fact that they now expect to reopen the street about two weeks ahead of schedule.
 
The London Street–Albany Street section will reopen to two-way traffic from 6.00am on Tuesday 26 February.
 
The Albany Street–York Place section will follow suit by Friday 15 March, provided works by a separate contractor at the top of the hill have completed.
 

NIGHT-TIME ROADWORKS ARE HELL ON EARTH FOR LOCALS

As reported in Issue 278, for the last few nights, roadworks at the Rodney Street/Broughton Road junction have been in full swing.

The scene has been characterised by vast machines ripping up the carriageway surface, boiling tarmac and horrendous fumes, flashing lights, and blinding floodlights. ‘The whole building shakes,' one neighbour told us. ‘It's like being in the middle of the St James excavations or a special kind of Hades.’ 

LOCALS SEE RED AT LACK OF RED

Residents on Broughton Place Lane are tearing their hair out at Council inaction over blocked access to their homes. 

The quiet cul-de-sac is narrow at the best of times, but narrower still at the Lyon & Turnbull end overlooking St Mary’s RC Primary School. 

Unfortunately, this is precisely where thoughtless visitors keep parking their cars, often making it impossible for residents to get their own vehicles in or out. 

At other times it’s a fiendishly difficult tight squeeze, resulting in bumps, scrapes and bits getting knocked off in the process.

RAISED ARM FLOORS TRAMS

Rush-hour tram services were disrupted yesterday afternoon after an incident on York Place. 

At 4.23pm, a construction vehicle from the St James site crossed the tracks with its arm raised. In doing so it made contact with and dislodged the overhead line near the York Place  tram stop.

A witness at the scene reported hearing a ‘loud electrical bang’.

Police and firefighters were quickly on the scene but there are no reports of injuries.

E-ROUTE TO SMOOTHER STREETS?

 COMMUNITY APP TO FIX ROADS 

Cyclists and motorists could soon enjoy smoother journeys across Edinburgh thanks to a bespoke pothole-repair app going live tomorrow. 

UberHole is the brainchild of Broughton-based entrepreneur Bernard Dintman, who spots a gap in the market now that cash-strapped councils struggle to maintain roads across Scotland to acceptable standards.

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