The Leith Programme was an intensive programme of environmental improvements along the whole length of road from the Old Dock Gates along Constitution Street, Leith Walk and up to Picardy Place. Leith Walk is one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares, carrying cyclists, cars, delivery vans, lorries and buses. The comprehensive improvements included carriageway and footway resurfacing removal of existing traffic islands; associated drainage works; replacement of existing footway buildouts, construction of new traffic islands; construction of new footways, new tactile paving flags; provision of high friction surfacing; removal of existing sign poles and signs; installation of new sign poles and signs; installation of new traffic signals/street lighting ducts and equipment; removal of old and provision of new road markings; alteration to street furniture and provision of new traffic signals equipment.
The City of Edinburgh Council stipulated that at all times this busy road must remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and at peak times, traffic must be able to move freely in both directions. Crummock also had to ensure that local businesses were able to function normally, with access maintained for their customers and deliveries. Works were divided into 4 phases, all were completed between May and August 2014.