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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)

Project Execution Plan (PDF - 5.3MB)

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