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Final phase of utility diversion works for Edinburgh tram to start next month

The final phase of the tram utility diversion work in the city centre which will take place at the Haymarket Interchange, tie Limited announced today.

This utility diversion work for the tram that has been underway across the City since September 2007 and will now enter its final phase in July 2008. The work will be carried out in five distinct stages, with the first three stages being completed by early November and all works to be completed by February 2009.

Associated enabling work will start this month for the introduction of temporary pedestrian crossings at key locations and temporary traffic management solutions to ensure the free flow of traffic.

During the enabling works the Caledonian Alehouse will be demolished but the external stone work and slates will be preserved for salvage.

Executive Chairman of tie Limited, Willie Gallagher said: "Haymarket is a critical location for the Edinburgh Tram Project and we are mindful of its importance to the City. As such, we will ensure that any impact associated with these works is lessened by good planning and robust traffic management.

"Work has already commenced on the Haymarket Station car park site and this will now branch out to on street works.

"We recognise that Edinburgh wants this work done quickly and safely. Our proposed methodology, alongside the traffic management measures, is the best way to achieve this."

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