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Bridge and rail boost for Edinburgh

RDT Bandstand Castle South

Plans to regenerate Edinburgh’s popular West Princes Street Gardens could get a boost from a new bridge, improving vehicle access.

Consultant WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will carry out a feasibility study for a road bridge, which would help improve access to the gardens which are being regenerated.

The study will look into the type of bridge required, considering archaeological issues, cultural heritage and noise and vibration concerns.

The bridge forms part of a £25M project – led by the Ross Development Trust, in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants – to replace the historic Ross Bandstand and improve the gardens.

Work is set to begin within the next few months.

Meanwhile, Network Rail has awarded Carillion a £23M contract for extension works at Edinburgh Waverley station. The works will be on platforms 5 and 6, to the east of the station, and 12, to the west, in preparation for new trains.

The works and new trains will reduce journey times by around 10 minutes between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Preparatory works to clear redundant structures and reposition the escalators at platform 11 will start in April. The main construction work on extending platform 12 is due to commence in May, for completion in December 2017.


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