This is an excerpt from a City of Edinburgh Council report concerning the Potential Tram Extension from York Place to Newhaven from December 2014.
The original design package prepared as part of the INFRACO contract with Bilfinger Berger & Siemens and their designer Parsons Brinkerhoff, envisages the tramway picking up from the temporary tram stop on York Place then passing through a modified Picardy Place junction, and heading north into Leith Walk, Constitution Street, Ocean Drive and terminating at Newhaven, adjacent to Lindsay Road.
This design incorporates a twin track alignment which runs generally along the central reserve of Leith Walk in lanes shared with buses and taxis (except at tram stops) but segregated from other traffic. General traffic lanes are provided to either side of the tram tracks to facilitate two-way traffic flow.
There would be tram stops on Leith Walk in the vicinity of McDonald Road and Balfour Street and these tram stops are designed as island platforms (similar to Princes Street) with tracks passing on either side of the platform.
The route continues into Constitution Street, where the section between Foot of the Walk and Laurie Street accommodates a tram stop, and given the space constraints between the buildings, this would be a tram/bus only area.
The route then follows Constitution Street running in shared traffic lanes to a tram stop at Bernard Street, then onto Ocean Drive where tram stops would be provided adjacent to the Casino (Port of Leith Tram Stop) and at Ocean Terminal before the route follows a dedicated tram only alignment, rising from the Old Port Road to the terminal (Newhaven tram stop) adjacent to Lindsay Road.
This design package has undergone considerable consultation through 2009/10 and received technical approval, and at that time prior approval, from the Roads and Planning Authority respectively.
It is noted that the prior approvals have since lapsed as these were time limited, and would therefore require to be resubmitted.
As mentioned, the design from York Place to Newhaven is currently incomplete and would require to be completed to issue for construction stage.
A Traffic Regulation Order (Tram TRO1), approved by Council in November 2010 covered the full extent of Phase 1a. However, any changes to the kerbside measures would requirethe TRO to be amended and re-submitted for the remainder of Phase 1a to Newhaven.
It is noted that the necessary building fixing consents for the overhead line equipment installation between Foot of the Walk and Newhaven are all in place. These are not time limited agreements.
In addition to the significant level of utility diversions that have already been undertaken between Picardy Place and Newhaven, construction works have also been completed on the Tower Place and Victoria Dock Bridges, as well as the partial construction of the Lindsay Road retaining wall.
A considerable stock of construction materials (rail, sleepers, cabling, overhead line poles and various mechanical and electrical components etc) have already been delivered and are in Council possession.
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