Edinburgh's £200m tram extension opens 'on time'


Trams are now running along the full route between Edinburgh Airport and Newhaven, with eight new stops linking the city centre with some of Edinburgh’s most densely populated areas.

Edinburgh Trams said the extension to Newhaven, which has been under construction since November 2019, has been delivered within the £207.3m budget, ‘meeting the scheduled completion date set for spring 2023’.

The council-owned company said the service would also serve key destinations such as Ocean Terminal and Port of Leith.

The service is described as a ‘turn up and go’ service, with trams running from 6am to midnight seven days a week ‘from’ every seven minutes.

All current tram tickets are valid for travel throughout the extended network to Newhaven, with tickets to the ‘Airport Zone’ significantly more expensive.

Edinburgh Trams managing director Lea Harrison said: ‘Building on the undoubted popularity of the original route, the new line opens up a wealth of opportunities for the communities it now serves.

‘From start to finish, the Trams to Newhaven project has been a real team effort, and over the past few months the Edinburgh Trams team has worked tirelessly on extensive testing and commissioning to ensure the new route integrates seamlessly with the original line.

‘Now we’re all set to build on past successes as we enter a new era for both the tram and our fantastic city as it looks to a prosperous, greener, and even better-connected future.’

Announcing today's opening date last month, Edinburgh Council leader Cammy Day said: 'I’m pleased to say this project will be delivered within budget and on time.

'This is thanks to lessons learned from the previous project along with a great deal of hard work and dedication from the project team and contractors involved in the construction process.'

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