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Ground Investigation Works

Ground and site investigation work has been programmed for a number of locations between York Place and Newhaven, starting in Lindsay Road in the week commencing 20 May 2019.

The essential pre-enabling works programmed by the tram project's Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN) will involve SFN carrying out detailed ground investigation works in 25 separate sites along the route. The work will be carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time and is programmed to be completed by mid-July 2019. Those who will be directly affected will recieve notification via letter ahead of any works commencing.

You can find out more about when works will take place by downloading the phasing maps and then see in detail what the traffic management will look like in your local area by downloading one of the local area maps below:

Phasing Maps

Week 1 (20 May - 26 May 2019)

Week 2 (27 May - 1 June 2019)

Week 3 (3 June - 8 June 2019)

Week 4 (10 June - 15 June 2019)

Week 5 (17 June - 22 June 2019)

Week 6 (24 June - 29 June)

Week 7 (1 July - 6 July 2019)


Local area maps

Leith Walk Area

Leith Walk at Brunswick Road

Leith Walk at Crighton Place

Leith Walk at Haddington Place

Leith Walk at Iona Street

Leith Walk at Jameson Place

Leith Walk at Lorne Street

Leith Walk at Steads Place

Leith Walk at Manderston Street

London Road Roundabout

Elm Row at Montgomery Street

Great Junction Street

North Junction Street


Constitution Street Area

Constitution Street at Tower Street

Constitution Street at Baltic Street

Constitution Street at Maritime Lane

Constitution Street at Coatfield Lane

Constitution Street at Foot of the Walk

Leith Links


Newhaven and Waterfront

Lindsay Road at Annfield

Ocean Terminal

Ocean Drive at Rennies Isle

Ocean Drive at Tower Place

Ocean Drive at Victoria Dock


Capital Roads Scheme Works

The capital roads scheme works* that are due to begin on Abercromby Place on 27 May have been brought forward from 2020 to make sure the road network surrounding the tram construction area is in the best possible condition for when traffic diversions are put in place.

The work, part of the Council's investment in roads and footways across the city (£125m over four years), will include resurfacing the carriageway, pedestrian access and public realm improvements and traffic signal upgrades well as signalising the junction at Easter Road/Lochend Road and Duke Street.

Information about the ground/site investigation and road resurfacing projects will be communicated to directly-affected residents and businesses in advance of work starting. 

*Capital road renewals programme - roads affected:

Abercromby Place, Dublin Street, Albany Street, Broughton Street, East London Street, Annandale Street, Hopetoun Street, McDonald Road, Broughton Road, Bonnington Road, Newhaven Road, Pilrig Street, Academy Street, Duncan Place, Links Place, Great Junction Street, Gordon Street, Vanburgh Place, Dalmeny Street, North Leith Sands, Ocean Drive, East Hermitage Place and Easter Road.

Map showing streets to benefit from coordinated capital roads works scheme


Artisits Impressions of Trams to Newhaven

1. Elm Row

2. Leith Walk

3. Constitution Street

4. Ocean Drive

5. Ocean Terminal

6. Newhaven


Updated designs

Following on from a series of public consultation and engagement events throughout 2018, the designs for taking Trams to Newhaven have been updated to better reflect the aspirations of the local community:

1: Newhaven to North Leith Sands (PDF - 6.1MB)

2: North Leith Sands to Portland Gardens (PDF - 9.4MB)

3: Portland Gardens to Ocean Terminal (PDF - 8.1MB)

4: Ocean Terminal to Ocean Drive (PDF - 4.6MB)

5: Ocean Drive to Tower Place (PDF - 3.7MB)

6: Tower Place to Tower Street (PDF - 2.2MB)

7: Tower Street to Queen Charlotte Street (PDF - 5MB)

8: Queen Charlotte Street to Foot of the Walk (PDF - 4.7MB)

9: Foot of the Walk to Steads Place (PDF - 5.6MB)

10: Steads Place to Balfour Street (PDF - 6.4MB)

11: Balfour Street to Middlefield (PDF - 6.3MB)

12: Middlefiled to McDonald Road (PDF - 7MB)

13: McDonald Road to Gayfield Square (PDF - 7MB)

14: Gayfield Square to Picardy Place (PDF - 9.6MB)


Plans for constructing the line

We will construct the line using a phased 'one-dig' approach. This means we will not reopen a worksite until all utility and infrastructure works have been completed.

By following this approach, the level of disruption to you will be reduced. For example, if your bus stop is displaced, the location of your new bus stop will remain in the same place for the duration of the works. Additionally, large worksites will allow us to be efficient with our teams on the ground. Should an issue arise where work cannot take place in a specific area, we will have the flexibility to deploy them elsewhere in the worksite. This will allow us to avoid unecessary delays and successfully deliver the project on time.

You can view each phase and expected length of time, overlaid on a map of the route, by downloading the 'Phasing Plan' below. 

1. Phasing Plan (PDF - 6.83MB)

2. Traffic Management Proposals 


Final Business Case (FBC)

A report accompanying the FBC was presented by the Trams to Newhaven project team at the Transport and Enviroment Committee’s meeting on Thursday 28 February who reccomended it for approval to Full Council.

The FBC sets out the robust strategic, economic, financial, commercial and management case for taking trams to Newhaven and outlines the project cost and timescales for councillors and was approved at a meeting of Full Council on 14 March .

Download the Final Business Case (PDF - 2.1MB)

Read the FBC and got a question? Check out our FAQs section. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please do get in touch with us by clicking on the 'Contact the team' link on the left-hand side of this page.  


Supplementary reports and information

As part of our commitment to always be transparent we have also published a series of supplementary documents to the Final Business Case:

Atkins Audit Report on the Final Business Case (PDF - 287KB)

Briefing Note - Structures Status (PDF - 125KB)

Edinburgh St James Interface Report (PDF - 87KB)

Financial Summaries:

Forth Ports Interface Report (PDF - 86KB)

Insolvency Strategy (PDF - 136KB)

Public Consultation Impact Report (PDF - 2.7MB)

Scott Moncrieff Review of Financial Model (PDF - 2.2MB)

Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG)-based Assessment of Modal Options (PDF - 1.4MB)

Steer Report on Economic Case for Tram (PDF - 2.2MB)

The University of Oxford - Reference Class Forecast for the for York Place to Newhaven Project (PDF - 342KB)


Meeting Papers

28 February 2019: Agenda and Full Meeting Papers - Transport and Environment Committee (PDF - 14.1MB)

7 March 2019: Agenda and Full Meeting Papers - Finance and Resouces Committee (PDF - 12.4MB)

14 March 2019: Edinburgh Tram – York Place to Newhaven Final Business Case – referral from the Transport and Environment Committee (PDF - 2.9MB)

14 March 2019: Full Meeting Papers - The City of Edinburgh Council (14.03.19) (PDF - 16.3MB)


Tram Act and adherence to the Code of Constrcution Practice (CoCP)

Find out more about the Tram Act and CoCP here: Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Act 2006


Superseded designs and documents

Tram route map