UK: Edinburgh Council has instructed contractors Morrison Utility Services and Sacyr Farrans Neopul to cease site works for the construction of the tramway extension from York Place to Newhaven.

The contractors are to make the construction sites safe by the end of the week before shutting down. Work will continue off-site, operating to strict social distancing guidelines. This will include design, planning and scheduling work, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once the restrictions have been lifted.

‘Of course, this will impact on the wider project, but nothing is more important than the public’s safety’, said Council Leader Adam McVey on March 25. ‘We will, of course, be working with contractors to mitigate the impact of these necessary actions and carefully planning our strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted.’