The scheme to regenerate Dalkeith begins today (Thursday). The work on the town's High Street includes improvements to roads, pavements and street lighting.
The work to improve the town's High Street includes narrowing and resurfacing the road, widening the pavements and creating a new pedestrian crossing. New parking bays and street lighting will be created and the historic closes will be restored.
The High Street will be closed to traffic for around 18 weeks from Thursday 10 February, with suitable diversions put in place. Shops and businesses will be open as usual.
During the work, the High Street will be closed to cars and other vehicles from the junction with Buccleuch Street to the junction with South Street.
Pedestrians will still be able to get to all shops on the High Street.
The two car parks at Eskdaill Street and behind WH Smith, also known as the North Wynd car park, will remain open during the course of the works. The Eskdaill Street car parks will be accessed via Buccleuch Street. Meanwhile, Old Edinburgh Road and Edinburgh Road will be used as alternative diversion routes.
Bus services using the bus stop at Jarnac Court heading west to Eskbank will be temporarily moved to new bus stops on South Street and / or Buccleuch Street. At the end of the works they will return to an extended bus lay-by and shelter at Jarnac Court.
The bus stop outside the Bank of Scotland on the High Street heading east will be closed, and bus services to Whitecraig, Musselburgh and Fort Kinnaird will switch permanently to use the Eskdaill Court bus stop on South Street.
The £1.2m Dalkeith High Street work forms part of a larger £3.3m investment in the town centre which also includes the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) to improve the historic part of Dalkeith town centre.
"With improvements on this scale there will inevitably be short term disruption. However, by making the High Street much more attractive to shoppers, residents and tourists, we will help secure the long term future of shops and businesses in the area."
Cllr Russell Imrie, Cabinet Portfolio holder for Strategic Services
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