Trams to Newhaven: When are the Edinburgh tram works in Leith due to finish? Here's all you need to know

The Trams to Newhaven project is costing the city council £207.3m.

By Katharine Hay
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 4:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 5:35 pm

Tram works in Leith have been hard to miss this year with new one way systems for buses and cars, cycle lanes and a lot of noise.

The Trams to Newhaven project, which started last year involves installing about 3 miles of of track between Leith and Newhaven in both directions.

Here is the latest information on the works, when they will finish, and how much it is all costing.

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Tram works currently taking place on Leith Walk

When did the tram works in Leith start?

Construction for Trams to Newhaven started in Leith in November 2019 on Constitution Street with works due to start on Leith Walk in March. The project was then ground to a halt towards the end of March when the coronavirus pandemic forced the country to lockdown.

As restrictions eased, road works resumed in Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and Constitution Street on June 15 and construction began on Leith Walk from Elm Row to Crown Place on June 22.

When will the tram works in Leith end?

The current aim for the council to finish the Trams to Newhaven project is early 2023.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during construction and the hours for the road works are currently Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm.

How much is the tram project costing the council?

The cost of the project is £207.3m.

Other useful information about the trams

Trams to Newhaven will add 4.69 kilometres/2.91 miles of track in both directions, connecting Leith and Newhaven to the current end of the Edinburgh tram line at York Place with 8 new stops.

The look and feel of the stops, overhead lines and general design principles will follow similar ones to those used in the current line.

Voucher scheme for local businesses

A voucher scheme encouraging people to visit shops, cafes and restaurants on Leith Walk is available during the tram works.

Customers can receive a £10 for the price of £5 to spend in a range of participating venues through the ‘itison deal’, which is part of a £2.4m Support for Business scheme during the project.