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Construction timelines

Full construction programme

Edinburgh trams route

The Trams to Newhaven Project’s latest construction programme update issued on 30 September 2022 confirms that the project continues to be on schedule for a spring 2023 open for service date and within the £207.3m agreed as part of the Final Business Case. The last construction programme update was issued in July 2022.

As the project enters the final year of major civil work ahead of testing and commissioning this winter, a review of the specific completion dates for the remaining sections has been carried out. This has resulted in some changes affecting certain sections due to various unavoidable factors such as complex utilities diversions, archaeological finds and an industry-wide shortage of materials, though this is not expected to affect the final completion date.

Trams to Newhaven by numbers, October 2022. 4,585 meters of track slab laid (99% of total). Main construction on 5 stops completed. 158 OLE poles installed (74% of total). 4256 meters of power ducting installed (92% of total). 4287 meters of communication ducting installed (93% of total). 4,369 meters of drainage ducting installed (95% of total)




Dates for the individual sections are detailed below

Localised works will continue on carriage and footways to resolve defects, install equipment to support the new tram line including tram communication systems, tram stop fit-outs, the installation of overhead line equipment, street lighting, landscaping, and traffic signalling.


Section Previous estimated completion date 

October 2022 completion date 

Newhaven - Melrose Drive

Public realm at the tram stop and Hawthornvale cycleway works will be completed early 2023.

October 2022

November 2022

Melrose Drive


November 2022

December 2022

Ocean Terminal

Final landscaping to take place early 2023.

October 2022 October 2022

Ocean Terminal - Rennie's Isle



Main construction completed

Rennie's Isle - Tower Place


November 2022

December 2022

Stevedore Place 


August 2022 October 2022

Casino Access Road


November 2022

January 2023

Constitution Place - Tower Street 

Landscaping works to take place early 2023.


Main construction completed

Tower Street - Baltic Street 

Attenuation pipes at Tower Street to be completed in November 2022.

  Main construction completed

Baltic Street -  Queen Charlotte Street 

Landscaping works at Bernard / Baltic Street to take place early 2023.


Main construction completed

Queen Charlotte Street - Coatfield Lane 


November 2022

October 2022

Coatfield Lane - Foot of the Walk (FoTW)


September 2022

November 2022

Foot of the Walk - Crown Street


November 2022 December 2022

Crown Street - Balfour Street


October 2022 November 2022

Balfour Street - Pilrig Street 


August 2022 Main construction completed

Pilrig Street - Annandale Street


  Main construction completed
Annandale Street - London Road November 2022 November 2022

Elm Row


November 2022 January 2023

London Road - York Place 

November 2022

November 2022

Testing and Commissioning


early 2023 early 2023

Open for Service 


Spring 2023

Spring 2023