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Trams return to Leith Walk following a 65-year absence

March 14 2023

Trams return to Leith Walk following a 65-year absence

A major milestone has been achieved in the delivery of a tram line to Newhaven in Edinburgh with the first tram rolling down Leith Walk following a 65-year hiatus.

Signalling that the long-awaited project is nearing completion later in the spring the opening will permit a period of testing to take place.

During this period trams will gingerly travel at walking pace along sections of the route from Picardy Place, operating after hours to minimise disruption.

Councillor Scott Arthur, transport and environment convener, said: "Bringing the tram to Newhaven will be transformative for the area, and the wider city. As well as boosting the economy and providing sustainable, high-capacity public transport to this densely populated part of Edinburgh, the project has significantly improved the entire route, with new cycle links, spaces to relax and spend time and newly planted trees and shrubs."

A public opening date for the £207.3m Trams to Newhaven project has not yet been revealed. 

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