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Building the line

Edinburgh Tram at Elm RowOur approach

We are constructing 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 allow us to be more 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 allows us to avoid unnecessary delays and successfully deliver the project on time.

The tram is being delivered under the Edinburgh Tram (Line 1) Act 2006 and all works will be in line with our Code of Construction Practice (CoCP)

We will always ensure that you are kept aware of any planned works in advance of commencement. Our normal working hours are Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm, and Saturday, 8am to 1pm. 

Contractor roles 

Following site set up, Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) roles will involve excavation of the road to allow utility diversions, tracklaying, installation of tram infrastructure, public realm improvements, and heritage and archaeology works.

There will be an onus on the contractor to develop a quality management plan to ensure the project delivery and construction meet the quality requirements set out by the Council.  The project team will include supervisors and clerks of work who will monitor workmanship and ensure quality outputs are delivered. 

View our construction journey flow diagram (PDF). 

Considerate Contractor scheme

SFN follow the principles of the Considerate Constructors scheme, which requires a firm focus on outstanding management, efficiency, awareness of local environmental issues, and a genuine consideration for neighbours and the community. 

During the time that the above works are being undertaken, all efforts will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience to residents and businesses as much as possible. Further details can be found on the Considerate Contractor scheme website.

Traffic and pedestrian management 

Our traffic management approach has been jointly approved by members of the city's Traffic Management Review Panel, including Lothian Buses and the emergency services. Emergency access to the site is maintained at all times in the event access is required.

Traffic management arrangements are now in place. Diversion routes and advanced warning signage have been erected in to help people move around the area with ease. Pedestrian access will be maintained for residents and businesses throughout works, these will be signposted on site. 

The project will carefully monitor how the traffic management is working during the construction period. For detailed traffic management drawings at see more information on each section of works.  

Bus services

Many bus stops moved to accomdate works with routes diverted. For all the latest information on your local bus services visit Lothian Buses

Waste collections

Most communal bins that were situated along the main construction route have been moved to the nearest side street. The regularity of uplifts will be monitored to ensure the area is kept clean and tidy. If you require a bulk uplift, please contact the Council’s waste service.