The Tram project

Information and your questions


The Tram project has a budget of £776 million. Budget received from the Scottish Government can only be spent on the Tram project and cannot be spent on any other work.

Budget updates are provided on a regular basis to Councillors at the Governance, Risk and Best Value Committee.


Work started in summer 2007 and the trams began operating passenger services in May 2014.


The number changes as the project develops but during the peak of construction in August 2012, some 1000 people were employed on the project.

There will be approximately 80 operational staff, including controllers, drivers, inspectors, managers and administrative staff.


The trams will be powered by electricity and will have zero on-street carbon emissions. This should result in an improvement in air quality across the city as a whole. They have regenerative braking which means energy that would otherwise have been wasted can be used.

The depot collects and makes use of rainwater. This grey water is used for washing trams and flushing toilets.

The trams are also expected to make a positive contribution to the city’s natural environment by encouraging people to shift from car to tram use. The trams will also help the city cope with the increased demand for public transport in the next decade.

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