All you need to know about the trams
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the trams go to the airport?
Yes. The first phase of the Edinburgh tram network connects the airport to the city centre, via the Gyle, Murrayfield and Haymarket and on to Leith and Newhaven.
The airport tram stop will be situated outside the main terminal.
How much will it cost to travel?
Both trams and Lothian Buses will be owned by the Council and managed through Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Limited (tie).
An integrated Edinburgh public transport service will see common fares and ticketing.
Ridacard and day tickets will be valid for use on both trams and buses.
Kerbside ticket vending machines that are already appearing in Edinburgh will ensure easy access to trams and buses across the network.
To travel on trams you will need to have a valid ticket before you board. They will be available from one of the ticket machines that will be located at every tram stop.
How much will trams cost?
The cost of the first phase, Line 1a, is £512m. Current funding includes £500m from the Scottish Government and £45m from the City of Edinburgh Council.
What steps are we taking to minimise disruption to road users?
- The Traffic Management measures are managed by tie with specialist contractors, and are implemented only after full agreement with the Council, Lothian Buses and Lothian Borders Police and other emergency services
- Before any traffic management decisions are made, traffic modelling experts model and test traffic flows and their impact right across the city to determine the best diversion routes
- Careful planning and programming of worksites
- The safety of all those involved with the construction of the Edinburgh Tram network is paramount.
The Edinburgh Trams project team have to ensure the health and safety of the workers, pedestrians and road users.
Specific measures have been implemented such as reducing speed limits close to work areas, installing additional temporary pedestrian crossing areas, and site-related safety initiatives.