Tram wires live along full route from 19 November

Overhead power lines between the Bankhead Tram Stop and York Place will go live from Tuesday 19 November 2013. This means that the whole length of the tram route will be live for the first time.

The power lines are over five metres (around 18 feet) above the tracks and do not pose a danger to pedestrians and motorists at ground level or to those living and working in the vicinity of the tramway. The power lines will carry 750 volts dc and should be considered live at all times after the 19th November.

Transport Convener Lesley Hinds said:

“Anyone who lives in or owns a property near the tramway, and needs to carry out work within a ten metre vicinity, needs to be aware of these important safety measures. We’ve been in contact with hundreds of residences and businesses along the route and we’re urging them to read the guidance and approach us to agree a safe way of working. 

“In normal circumstances, the overhead wires are high up, out of the way and safe but they can pose a danger if appropriate guidelines aren’t followed when working nearby.”

Authorisation is needed for any of the following activities:

• Any work where part of the site such as tools, materials, machines, suspended loads or where people could enter the Edinburgh Tram Hazard Zone. For example, window cleaning or other work involving the use of ladders.

• Any work which could force pedestrians or road traffic to be diverted into the Edinburgh Trams Hazard Zone.

• Piling, using a crane, excavating more than two metres or erecting and dismantling scaffolding within four metres of the Edinburgh Trams Hazard Zone.

• Any excavation within three metres of any pole supporting overhead lines.

• Any work on sites near the tramway where vehicles fitted with cranes, tippers or skip loaders could come within the Edinburgh Trams Hazard Zone when the equipment is in use.

The Council has issued guidance to residents and businesses along the tram route and to other key organisations who may carry require access along the line.

See our full guidance on how to get permission to work near a tram way.

The tram project remains in line with the revised budget (£776m) approved by the Council in September 2011, with work either ahead of schedule or in line with the revised timescale reported in December 2011. A passenger service is scheduled for operation in May 2014.

Full route testing is scheduled to begin in December 2013.

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