Edinburgh's new tram-train interchange days away from completion

Transport minister Humza Yousaf visiting Edinburgh Gateway Station today. Picture: Network Rail

Transport minister Humza Yousaf visiting Edinburgh Gateway Station today. Picture: Network Rail

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The Capital’s long-delayed tram-train interchange was revealed today as transport minister Humza Yousaf visited Edinburgh Gateway Station days before its completion.

The £41 million complex beside the Gogar roundabout is due to handle passengers from December when trains and trams stop there for the first time.

Tram lines at Edinburgh Gateway Station today. Picture: Network Rail

Tram lines at Edinburgh Gateway Station today. Picture: Network Rail

It is expected to be used by 500,000-600,000 people a year.

Construction started in January last year - nearly two years after the trams started running.

Network Rail said in 2009 when plans were announced that it "aspired" to have it open in 2011.

The site includes platforms long enough for ten-coach trains, with ramps linking them, and lifts and escalators providing connections to the tram stop.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf (second from left) hears from ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster (fourth from left) at Edinburgh Gateway Syayion today. Picture: Network Rail

Transport minister Humza Yousaf (second from left) hears from ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster (fourth from left) at Edinburgh Gateway Syayion today. Picture: Network Rail

Passengers can also reach the interchange from the Gyle shopping centre via an underpass beneath the A8.

It will enable train passengers from Fife and further north to switch to trams to and from Edinburgh Airport.

Mr Yousaf said the “exciting” development was “a great example of how the Scottish Government is investing to make public transport more accessible and attractive by linking up journeys across different modes of travel.

“When it opens, this new station will offer huge benefits to rail passengers travelling to or from the Gogar area, providing a convenient link between the tram network and Edinburgh Airport.”

Tram stop at Edinburgh Gateway tram-train interchange today. Picture: Network Rail

Tram stop at Edinburgh Gateway tram-train interchange today. Picture: Network Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, which includes station developer Network Rail, said: “Our engineers have worked hard to deliver this project as quickly as possible for passengers."