Edinburgh set for launch of new tram service

30 May 2014

Passenger services for the brand new Edinburgh Trams will get underway from 5am on Saturday 31 May following several months of testing, commissioning and training.

The trams will become a key part of the transport mix in Scotland's capital, travelling along an 8.7-mile (14km) route that stretches from Edinburgh airport to York Place in the city centre, with 15 stops along the way.

The total cost of the project is estimated at £776 million, plus more than £200 million in interest on a 30-year loan taken out by the council to cover a funding shortfall.

At the official launch on Friday 30 May 2014, Edinburgh residents were joined by Transport Convener Lesley Hinds, Transport Minister Keith Brown and key people involved in delivering the new service for a special tram trip to commemorate the occasion.

The tram travelled from York Place to Edinburgh Airport before returning to St Andrew Square, with various photocalls held along the route to highlight selected stops and some of the people who will use them.

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