The Phase 1a line extension of the Edinburgh Trams network was launched yesterday, taking its first passengers.
The 2.9-mile route has been in development since 2019 will run from Picardy Place in the city towards the coast, finishing at Newhaven and Ocean Terminal.
The extension also means that trams will run to Leith for the first time since 1956.
The extension has cost just over £207 million. Alongside Phase 1a, Phase 1b, which would complete the loop from Newhaven back to the city centre currently under consideration.
Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams managing director, commented: “Building on the undoubted popularity of the original route, the new line opens up a wealth of opportunities for the communities it now serves.
“Customers old and new can also count on the Edinburgh Trams team to help them to make the most of the new services, and we’ll be out and about on the system offering help and advice on getting around and finding the most cost-effective ticket option from a range of value-for-money deals.”
Council leader, Cammy Day said: “I’m delighted to be playing a part in this momentous occasion – the launch of tram passenger services between Picardy Place and Newhaven. It’s a real landmark moment for Edinburgh, as we bring this high capacity, sustainable and reliable service to the north of the city.”
“This is also a chance to reflect on the hard work of those who have delivered this scheme. Thanks to the project team’s dedication, despite the challenges of recent years, I’m proud to say trams to Newhaven has been delivered on time and within the £207.3m budget.”
The council and Edinburgh Trams did confirm that some outstanding work across the network to the public realm will be continuing for a short period.
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