North Bridge opening delayed again

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Restoration works on North Bridge will not be completed until 2025 – five years after the structure had been originally due to reopen.

The bridge has been subject to partial closures since 2018, when essential repair and replacement works to its concrete deck started.

The original full re-opening date for North Bridge was set for 2020, but there have been several delays to the project.

The new completion date will be June 18, 2025. However, a council spokesperson said the 120-year-old bridge would remain open for traffic and pedestrians throughout.

Transport and environment convener, councillor Scott Arthur said the “complexity” of the project had led to further investigations uncovering “previously concealed” issues.

He said: “This is an extremely complex project to refurbish Edinburgh’s iconic North Bridge and to ensure its longevity as a key link from the north to the south of the city.”

“The historic nature of the project, the age of the structure and its heritage value finds the team uncovering elements of the bridge which require significant specialist work.

“We’re communicating with local residents, businesses and stakeholders, as well as Lothian Buses.”

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience at this time, and look forward to the completion of the project, which will return this category A designated structure to its full glory.

“I’ve asked that councillors receive more regular updates on progress going forward, along with details of any budget pressures.”

Written by: Jill McLaren

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