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Trams to Newhaven Site Preparation works update - 29 May 2020

Construction site preparation works for the Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will start on Monday, 1 June 2020 in line with the Scottish Government’s Phase 1 pre-start site preparation.

Work on the project was stopped at the end of March to comply with Government guidance and to protect the safety of workers and residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 21 May of a phased return for construction sites, plans have been drawn up in line with Scottish Government safety guidelines and industry best practice to ensure the safety of workers and the public. At the briefing on 28 May the First Minister confirmed that site preparation could begin.


Trams to Newhaven will add 4.69 kilometres/2.91 miles of track in both directions, connecting Leith and Newhaven to the current end of the Edinburgh tram line at York Place with 8 new stops (see route map below). This will offer residents access to high capacity light rail which will sit alongside the existing bus service as well as improved cycling and walking infrastructure along the route.

Construction commenced in November 2019 with Edinburgh Trams timetabled to take their first passengers to and from Newhaven in Spring 2023. Download the Construction Phasing Map (PDF 91KB). Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during construction. The hours for construction work are Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday 8am - 1pm. 

You can find more detailed information on the project related to construction, supporting business and expected delivery timescales via the menu on the top right of this page.

You can also read the project newsletters which give further information or visit the news section. You can also view the latest version of the final design of the project. Please note that these are indicative at this stage. 

Map showing tram route with stops at Picardy Place, McDonald Road, Balfour Street, Foot of the Walk, The Shore, Port of Leith, Ocean Terminal and Newhaven

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