Rail (UK)

Track laid at Leith for Ed­in­burgh Trams ex­ten­sion

- DON­ALD STIR­LING. Edinburgh · Newhaven · Leith · Edinburgh Trams · Palace of Whitehall

The first track was laid at Ocean Liner Ter­mi­nal, Leith, dur­ing Novem­ber, as work pro­gresses on the £207 mil­lion, 2.91-mile Ed­in­burgh Trams ex­ten­sion con­nect­ing Leith and Ne­whaven with the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nus at York Place.

There will be eight new stops on the ex­ten­sion, which is sched­uled to open from spring 2023. Al­though work was sus­pended due to the out­break of COVID, there has been no de­lay to the project.

Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil Leader Adam McVey vis­ited the site on Novem­ber 13. He said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see tracks in the ground in Leith - it’s a real mile­stone for this ma­jor project.”

He also con­firmed that de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties ex­pe­ri­enced this year due to the pan­demic, the up­dated busi­ness case for the project sup­ports con­tin­ued progress.

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