Edinburgh World Heritage - News Article


Historic tunnel project on track

The Scotland Street tunnel is set to be re-opened as a facility for local youths.

Mar 30, 2011

EWH is supporting plans for much needed youth facilities at the historic site of Scotland Street Tunnel, within George V Park, in the northeast of the New Town.

In 2008 the community group Friends of George V Park, with the support of the City of Edinburgh and Lothian & Borders Police, proposed the Tunnels Youth Project to address a shortage of facilities for young people in central Edinburgh. The tunnel dates back to 1847 and connected Scotland Street Station to Waverley as part of the Edinburgh to Granton line, from where the world’s first railway ferry linked Edinburgh to Fife. EWH provided a grant in support of the first phase which saw the tunnel entrance reopened and a sheltered area created in its mouth with a new metal security screen.

As a category B listed structure it is important that the project is set within a clear conservation policy. Future plans include a bespoke, dry and well lit youth shelter within the tunnel space, as well as enhanced recreational and sports facilities within the adjoining park. A grant from Edinburgh World Heritage and a donation from Diageo has now allowed a Conservation Statement on these plans to be commissioned.

The completion in March of the Conservation Statement allows the project leaders to pursue the next steps in achieving their vision with confidence.

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