Edinburgh roadworks: Historic capital streets set for months of disruption

One of Edinburgh’s most historic streets is set for months of major disruption due to roadworks.

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Edinburgh City Council is planning on undertaking carriageway improvements and traffic signal upgrades on the junction of High Street, Canongate, Jeffrey Street and St Mary’s Street - with work expected to take up to 35 weeks causing major headaches for local residents and motorists.

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The High Street is usually busy with people and traffic

The work, which is set to commence in May, will involve phased road closures of High Street and Canongate, with lane closures and temporary traffic lights on Jeffrey Street and St Mary’s Street.

Workers will be on site from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, although there will be ‘some occasions’ where weekend working will be deemed necessary.

In a letter to residents, Craig Wilson, the council’s senior project manager, writes: “To assist residents of the area who may not be able to use the diverted service, we have set up a ‘dial-a-taxi’ service.

“This service is provided free of charge, although booking in advance is required.

Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman enjoys a car-free day on the Canongate at a city council Open Streets even

“You will be able to pre-book a taxi for necessary journeys (e.g. to connect to public transport, visit relatives, go shopping, attend day care, or attend medical appointments).

“Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however vehicular access to properties may be affected from time to time, and on-street parking will be prohibited whilst work is undertaken in each section.”

Mr Wilson’s letter continues: “For the duration of the works a council representative will be in attendance to monitor progress and provide assistance and information to local residents and businesses.

“Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

“It is recognised that these works will cause disruption and inconvenience to local residents, businesses and road users, and every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

“I apologise, in advance, for this but hope that you will appreciate the greater long-term benefits and improvements this project will deliver.”

Information on bus timetable and route changes will be posted on affected bus stops and on the websites of operators.

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