Major road works start at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Work to develop the loop road which runs around the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has started and will continue for the next year.
 
These works are taking place in order to prepare the grounds for the new co-located Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences (RHSC + DCN) which will be built at Little France.
 
The works will see changes to the current road layouts and there will be temporary traffic management systems in place including single lane traffic and traffic lights.
 
The north junction leading from the A7 onto Little France Crescent will be narrowed down to one lane allowing for the site gas main to be diverted into a new position.
 
As part of the developments the City of Edinburgh Council have imposed a temporary no right turn from the A7 (Old Dalkeith Road) into Little France Crescent.
 
These works are necessary to ensure that buses can pass around the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh once the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences has opened in 2017.
 
The developments will also see the road which runs past the Emergency Department close to facilitate the physical link between the new hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
 
Brian Currie, Project Director, RHSC + DCN - Little France said: "We are committed to reducing the effects that these works have on patients, visitors and staff”.
 
"The safety of site users is our number one priority and, whilst we understand there may inevitably be a little upheaval, there will be many benefits in the longer term as we develop the current hospital and build a new co-located Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
 
"We would again like to thank you for your understanding as the construction works continue to gather pace across the site."
 
More information about the project can be found at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/riecampus
14/05/2014