The council's plan drawing showing road space and traffic post tram construction
There is a lot of talk, anger, dismay, dissension and despair about the present chaos arising from the diversions from York Place, while construction is going on.
The Council are carefully not spelling out that enormous changes to the capacity of York Place to carry traffic are permanenet results of the present 'construction' phase. This is a repeat of their tactics used elsewhere to sideline any opposition.
It means that however bad the present situation may become they can continue to refer to it as a passing phases, and allow the idea that 'all will get back to normal once they finish building it'.
This isn't true however, and this plan shows why. -- (click to see it properly--images below link to it but are graphics only)
The Council's own technical drawing shows that the traffic flows will be reduced to one lane in places, with a second filter lane for access to and from the multi story car park servicing the St James Centre.
With buses, traffic, extra traffic light delays for trams turning down from St Andrews Street North and returning, as well as having to accomodate passengers crossing to and from the centre of the new layout (the temporary tram stop being in the centre of the road) the potenmtial for increased congestion and chaos is obvious---and the temptation to make the present diversion permanent could become overwhelming, if it has not in reality, already been decided.
Whether one feels this is supposition is justified or not it is remarkable how the Council have kept the situation after the construction phase is over shrouded in mystery.
They have not been clear on excatly how bus stops, cars, lorries and vans will all be accomodated on this street after the construction phase. The virtually total closure of Princes Street, and the publicised plans to block the George street roadway with things like festival tents and all year wider pavements on the South side, mean this is the final main road East West route for the city centre.
And as we write they are still working out exactly how much work will be needed to raise and re-align the street level to allow the tram vehciles even to get around the corner from North St Andrews Street safely.
It is in thinking through all these interconnected issues that the residents behind this site have come to understand how, to give one example, the Meadows, Bruntsfield, Sciennes, Marchmont and Grange and Trinity residential areas can become heavily affected by decanted traffic alongside those streets adjacent to the route.