About the tram service and project
The tram service
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Services for passengers are set to start running by May 2014. Ticketing is being worked on at present with Lothian Buses with an integrated ticketing system being developed. In general, prices will be on the same level as the current bus pricing.
There will be 16 tram stops along the 14km (8.5 miles) route providing passengers with fast and efficient connections between some of the city centre’s most populated residential and commercial areas.
The stops are located (moving west to east) at: Edinburgh International Airport, Ingliston Park & Ride, Gogarburn, Edinburgh Gateway, Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Park Central, Edinburgh Park Station, Bankhead, Saughton, Balgreen, Murrayfield Stadium, Haymarket, West End-Princes Street, Princes Street, St Andrew Square (short walk from Waverley Station), York Place. See our route map for more detail.
The trams serving the route will move quietly and quickly with a top speed of 70kph (43.5mph). Pedestrians and other road users should pay particular attention when crossing the track. Trams will move more slowly in built up areas. The journey time from the Airport to the York Place is approximately 30 minutes.
Each Tram can carry a maximum of 250 people with ample space for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The design of the system was developed in consultation with accessibility groups. Tram vehicles are low floored throughout and are accessible for wheelchair users from low, ramped platforms. An area on the trams has been provided for those with visual and mobility disabilities, their friends and any assistance dogs.
Visual and audible passenger information systems are on vehicles and at tram stops.
Edinburgh Airport connection
With ample space for luggage, the trams will offer an excellent option for people travelling to and from the airport. The trams will have priority over other traffic along the route, cutting out congestion and providing a quick and comfortable connection to the city centre.
The tram stop and terminus are located close to the Airport terminal (next to the taxi rank) and will be accessible via a covered walkway.
Ingliston Park and Ride
The trams will offer a quick, congestion-free alternative for commuters. Ingliston Park and Ride is expected to be the busiest pick up point during rush hour and will hopefully encourage more people to use public transport.
Bikes and trams
The transportation of bikes on the tram will be trialled after the first six months of operational service. Folding bikes can be transported from the start of service.
Cycle routes have been provided along parts tram route and cycle parking points are provided at tram stops.
A guide to safely cycling over tram tracks is available in the cycling section.