More than 21,000 passengers on first day of trams

Members of the public packed on to the trams on the first day, with more than 21,000 tickets sold. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Members of the public packed on to the trams on the first day, with more than 21,000 tickets sold. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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TRAM bosses have revealed that more than 21,000 tickets were sold to passengers on the first day of operation.

People eager to become part of history by taking a ride on the first Edinburgh trams since 1956 flocked to the stops and packed themselves on to the over-crowded trams on Saturday.

Reinforcement trams had to be brought in due to their popularity.

Nine trams were in operation initially, but bosses had to put on an extra three to cope with demand.

The trams continued to be popular today, with queues of people waiting to board at Gyle, Princes Street and York Place.

Transport leader Lesley Hinds said: “Yesterday was an extraordinary day for Edinburgh Trams with many thousands coming out to try the new service.

“The sun was shining and this contributed to the turnout and to a fantastic atmosphere.

“It’s important to remember that these are very early days indeed but the enthusiasm is and support is encouraging.

“We hope that people are getting a feel for what the tram service is all about and of how they can be of benefit to them personally.”