The tram works on Princes Street in Edinburgh have finally been concluded which means that it is open to buses and taxis. However, this good news for taxi drivers is tempered by the fact that York Place is the next area to be closed off to taxis. From 14 July, only buses will be allowed to use York Place and from September, the area will be completely closed off to all traffic until December 2013. The city’s bus station is also to be closed for more than a year as tram tracks are due to be laid.
Princes Street will open on Saturday 30 June and The Mound will also be open to all vehicles. According to the City Council’s transport convener, Lesley Hinds, the new administration is doing their best to ensure that the project continues with cooperation from all parties. Hinds believes that all parties working together is essential for the city of Edinburgh. Hinds continued by saying that the tram works in Edinburgh are part of a program that is clearly defined and they hope to complete the project by 2014.
Hinds concluded by stating that Princes Street re-opening will be a major boost for traders during difficult times. According to the Chief Executive of the Edinburgh City Council, Sue Bruce, the people of the city have adapted well to the tram works in terms of getting used to bus diversions and new traffic systems. She concluded by saying that the implementation of this work package was proof that real progress was being made in the plan.