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.
Good news on Broughton Street!
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.’
PROBLEM PARKING FORCES DIVERSIONS
Lothian Buses’ Service 11 was suspended along Pilrig Street on 9 August because parked vehicles were blocking access to stops and making it difficult for vehicles to pass.
The service now diverts along McDonald and Broughton Roads.
LOCALS APPLY PRESSURE ON CEC
Four community councils along the route of the proposed tramway to Newhaven have issued a joint statement to City of Edinburgh Council.
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.
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.
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.
A significant milestone has been reached in drawing up the Final Business Case which councillors will use to decide whether or not to extend the tramway to Newhaven.
Four bidders (three of them joint ventures) have emerged from a ‘robust evaluation’ process and will now tender in mid-April for the Infrastructure and Systems contract to design and build the track, overhead line, stops, systems and road infrastructure and public realm.
The tendering process will last until late summer, and a decision on the Business Case will be taken in the autumn.
Today, the Picardy Place consultation continues upstairs at 11 Multrees Walk from 10am to 4pm. We urge everyone to attend.
For those unable to make it, the display boards are supposed to be online at togetherforedinburgh.com early next week.
We’ve photographed some of the most relevant ones already, and will replace them with clearer images if and when they become available.