The construction phase of the high profile Edinburgh Tram Project has certainly had its fair share of challenges. Extensive road works and a heavily revised traffic management system through the city centre, meant that the normal workings of the Scottish Capital were under strain for over a year at a key point in the construction process, with stakeholders’ deliveries, refuge collection, bus routes and parking being severely affected by the development of the new line, which was to run from the Airport in the west through to Ocean Terminal in the east via Haymarket, Princes St and Leith. This resulted in SWGR being employed from February 2009 until July 2010, by the now disbanded TIE (Transport Initiative Edinburgh), to handle logistics for the City Centre, Haymarket and Leith.
“The main focus of our involvement centred on ensuring that delivery vehicles were offered assistance to unload between 04.00hrs and 22.00hrs at key strategic points in the city centre. Our team ensured deliveries were unloaded promptly and efficiently and that the gap was bridged between temporary delivery points and established loading bays that could no longer be accessed by vehicles. The professionalism and effectiveness of our teams earned the project many much needed plaudits from a number of key stakeholders at a time when it faced a high degree of negative press coverage and criticism from many quarters. They also ensured that the good people of Edinburgh, visitors and businesses were assisted in a range of ways that resulted in the impact and disruption of the work taking place being minimised, providing a trustworthy, consistent and reliable interface to which they could rely on.”
SWGR Edinburgh Trams Project Co-ordinator