Tram testing set to increase

Residents, commuters and pedestrians in Edinburgh will start to see more trams being tested along the route over the coming days.

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At present trams are only running through the city during the night and between Edinburgh Park and the airport during the daytime. 

Over the coming days, residents will start to see trams being tested in the City Centre during the daytime.

These tests aren't timetabled at present but an update will be provided in advance of the first full route daytime test on the Edinburgh Trams website, on Twitter and through local media.

In advance of daytime testing getting underway, the Council and Transport for Edinburgh have produced a series of safety videos and tips as part of a wider awareness campaign to help pedestrianscyclists and drivers get used to the trams.

Councillor Lesley Hinds,Transport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Up until now, trams have only been running at night when the city centre roads are much quieter. Daytime tests aren't far away and it'll take some time for people to get used to seeing trams running on streets so we're asking drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care while everyone becomes familiar.

"I've seen first hand in Dublin how trams interact with traffic and, as progress continues to be made along the route, it'll be important that people are aware of the differences. The Client Target May service launch is drawing ever closer but there are still many important tests and a driver training programme to complete. It's also the right time to remember some straightforward but very important safety messages."

Edinburgh Trams Director & General Manager Tom Norris said: "Our team have been training extremely hard and we're now ready to move into a phase where many more trams start to run along the route. Safety is our first priority and our drivers are all fully aware that other road users need time to get used to interacting with the new trams. Our main message is that trams are big and quiet so give them space, look before you cross the road and listen for the bell."

The testing phase will eventually see multiple tram test journeys along the full line over the week. There will be a gradual build up in tram movements over a period of time which will allow everyone to get used to the new arrangements.

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