From the archive: ‘Tram work to continue through festival’

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The Scotsman, 27 May 2008

CONSTRUCTION on Edinburgh’s £500 million tram network is to continue throughout the capital’s festival season.

Although some work will be halted in the heart of the city for most of the six-week festival period, other parts of the pro-gramme will continue.

The company behind the trams, Tie, has ordered the suspension of work on Shandwick Place or Princes Street to avoid traffic grinding to a halt. But work to move underground pipes and cables will continue throughout Leith, including outside Ocean Terminal, Leith Walk and Constitution Street, as well as in the London Road, Gogar and Gyle areas.

The “festival embargo” for the tram works will last from 1 August to 8 September, but Tie has insisted work in the city centre will be completed by 25 July, the day the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival gets under way.