Leith Street to be partially closed to allow for crane removal

Due to a crane removal in the area, Leith Street will be closed northbound only from Thursday till Monday.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 6:40 pm
Leith Street will be partially closed to allow the crane removal to take place.

The northbound lane of the street will be closed from 7pm on Thursday April 8 until 6am on Monday April to deal with the crane removal.

In a service update, Lothian Buses said their services will be affected, however, diversions will be in place.

Services 1, 4, 19, 22, 25, 34, N16, N22, N25, N26 and N113, between Princes Street and London Road/Elm Row, will be diverted via South St. David Street and York Place northbound only.

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Lothian Buses said their services will be affected due to the crane removal, however, diversions will be in place (Photo: Lisa Ferguson).

Buses between North Bridge and London Road/Elm Row – services 5, 7, 14 and 49 – will be diverted via Princes Street, South St. David Street and York Place northbound only.

Bus service 8, between North Bridge and Broughton Street, will be diverted via Princes Street, South St. David Street, York Place and Picardy Place northbound only.

Edinburgh City Council and Lothian Buses have been contacted for comment.

It is understood the crane removal is related to the St James Quarter development, which is in its final phase. However, this has not yet been confirmed.

Installed in March 2018, the cranes used in the construction of the £1bn project became a much-loved fixture of the Edinburgh skyline, particularly at night when they were illuminated.

Nine tower cranes in total have been used on the Edinburgh St James site. The first crane was taken down in November 2019.

The new St James is all set to open for the first time in June.

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