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Construction timelines

Full construction programme

Edinburgh trams route

The Trams to Newhaven Project’s latest construction programme update issued on 3 February 2023 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 September 2022.

As the project enters the final phase of major civil work ahead of testing and commissioning, 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 utility diversions, archaeological finds and an industry-wide shortage of materials, though this is not expected to affect the final completion date.

February 2023 stats. 4,609m tram track laid (100%). Main construction of 8/8 tram stops complete. 228 OLE poles (100%). 4,609m OLE wire strung (100%). 4,609m power ducting (100%). 4,609m communication ducting (100%). 4,549m drainage ducting (99%).







Dates for the individual sections are detailed below. View a text version of the construction timelines here.

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 

February 2023 completion date 

Newhaven - Melrose Drive

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

November 2022

March 2023

Melrose Drive

December 2022

Carriageway: March 2023

Footpaths: April 2023

Ocean Terminal

Final landscaping to take place early 2023.

October 2022

Carriageway: March 2023

Footpaths: April 2023

Ocean Terminal - Rennie's Isle


Main construction completed

Rennie's Isle - Tower Place

December 2022

February 2023

Stevedore Place 


 October 2022 February 2023

Casino Access Road


January 2023

June 2023

Constitution Place - Tower Street 



Main construction completed

Tower Street - Baltic Street 

Reinstatement of setts (cobbles) at Tower Street to be completed in February 2023.

  Main construction completed

Baltic Street -  Queen Charlotte Street 

Landscaping works at Bernard / Baltic Street to be completed April 2023.


Main construction completed

Queen Charlotte Street - Coatfield Lane 


Main construction completed

Coatfield Lane - Foot of the Walk (FoTW)

November  2022

February 2023

Foot of the Walk - Jameson Place

December 2022 Footpath: March 2023

Jameson Place - London Road

  Main construction completed

Elm Row

January 2023 May 2023 

London Road - Picardy Place

Picardy Place island site construction will commence February 2023 and is scheduled for completion June 2023.

Please note, this is not part of the Trams to Newhaven project. Further information is available on the City of Edinburgh Council's website. 

November 2022

Main construction completed

Footways (Greenside Lane - Royal Terrace): May 2023

Testing and Commissioning  Early 2023 February - May 2023

Open for Service

Spring 2023 Spring  2023