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Final tracks laid for Edinburgh’s Newhaven extension

With infrastructure works nearly complete, testing on Edinburgh's new tramline to Newhaven is due to begin in the coming weeks. City of Edinburgh Council

Tracklaying on the 4.6km (2.85-mile) extension of the Edinburgh tramway to Newhaven is now complete, with the City of Edinburgh Council confirming the installation of the connection to the existing line at Picardy Place on 19 December. Finishing works will now be concluded before the project’s work sites close for the Christmas period.

Overhead power lines will now be energised ahead of the start of the new line’s testing and commissioning programme in January. Seven of the eight new tramstops have been completed and driver training has already started using a simulator in Edinburgh Trams’ Gogar depot.

The Trams to Newhaven project, being delivered on behalf of the council by a consortium of Sacyr, Farrans and Neopul, remains within its GBP207.3m (approx. EUR240m) budget and passenger service is expected to be inaugurated in the spring.

Councillor Scott Arthur, City of Edinburgh Transport and Environment Convener, said: “This is a landmark moment in the Trams to Newhaven project – we now have a continuous line running from the airport to Newhaven, which will be carrying passengers in a matter of months.

“The project team has worked extremely hard to get to this stage, despite the COVID pandemic and industry-wide issues with labour and materials. While recent freezing weather has regretfully had a slight impact on plans, the majority of infrastructure work is complete, and the project remains on schedule for delivery on time and in budget by spring 2023.”