Haymarket, Edinburgh

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Haymarket junction
Haymarket Station

Haymarket (Scots: Heymercat,[1] Scottish Gaelic: Margadh an Fheòir)[2] is an area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is in the west of the city and is a focal point for several main roads, notably Dalry Road (which leads south-west to Gorgie Road and the M8 motorway to Glasgow), Corstorphine Road (leading west to the M9 for Stirling and the north), and Shandwick Place (leading east to Princes Street and the city centre).

Haymarket contains a number of popular pubs, cafés and restaurants.

The Haymarket railway station is here and is called at by the busy commuter services to Glasgow and Fife, as well as long-distance services to Carlisle, Inverness and Aberdeen. It is being redeveloped to integrate train, bus and tram stops.[3]

In the centre of the crossroads at the heart of Haymarket was a war memorial for former players of Heart of Midlothian F.C. who died in World Wars I and II; the memorial was in the form of a clock (The memorial was meant to commemorate ALL the sportsmen from Edinburgh who lost their lives. However for unknown reasons it only commemorates those Hearts players who died). At one time, clocks were a feature in the centre of a number of Edinburgh crossroads. The memorial was temporarily removed about 2010 to allow construction of a tramway across the road junction.

Plans to develop the former Morrison Street Goods Yard, a former railway site which has been partially derelict and partially a car park for many years were approved by The City of Edinburgh Council on 25 June 2008.[4] Tiger Developments purchased the site from City of Edinburgh Council for approximately £50 million in December 2006. The plans for the site included a 17-storey, 5-star hotel, a 3-star hotel, office buildings, retail space, bars, shops and a small supermarket.[5] However, this approval was overturned by Scottish ministers in October 2009, on the recommendation of a planning inquiry reporter, citing concerns about the impact of the 17-storey hotel on Edinburgh's skyline.[6] A revised planning application, incorporating a similar mixed use, but with only one hotel and a lower skyline, was approved by the Council in December 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  2. ^ Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
  3. ^ Haymarket Interchange
  4. ^ "Haymarket hotel proposal approved". BBC. 25 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Richard Murphy Architects
  6. ^ Skyline is the limit as plans for £250m hotel thrown out - Edinburgh Evening News, 28 October 2009
  7. ^ Planners give new Haymarket gap site proposal thumbs-up - Edinburgh Evening News 3 December 2010

Coordinates: 55°56′46.54″N 3°13′0.72″W / 55.9462611°N 3.2168667°W / 55.9462611; -3.2168667