Newhaven tram link to kick-start North Edinburgh development
March 14 2019
Edinburgh councillors have lent their support to an extension of the city’s tram network from York Street to Newhaven following an impassioned debate on the Final Business Case for the transport link.
Overseen by engineering giant Atkins the project will formally get underway by the end of the month as contractors finalise plans for the build during a further six-month period, at which point construction will finally begin.
It is hoped that the line will reinvigorate a swathe of brownfield land to the north of the city by bringing it within reach of the commercial centre, kick-starting delivery of new homes, offices and shops.
Jason Hogg, director of residential and land development at JLL, said: “In a city characterised by high demand for city-centre work, life, and play, we would expect to see a range of mixed use developments put forward for consideration in the next few years as a consequence of the extended network.
“The pressure of housing demand in the city centre is already having a positive impact on the regeneration of brownfield sites in and around Leith as seen by developments under construction such as the Rope Works by S1 Developments and Waterfront Plaza by Cala Homes.”
All going well trams could be ferrying passengers down to the waterfront by 2023.