Trams to Newhaven: Incredible drone footage shows progress of Edinburgh trams

Trams to Newhaven has released some amazing drone footage which shows a birds-eye view of the progress of the £207 million project.

By Beth Murray
Thursday, 10th June 2021, 12:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th June 2021, 3:47 pm

The new video was taken in April 2021 and lasts just over two minutes, showing “scenes from the sky” as construction work – which started in 2019 – continues in Edinburgh.

A significant amount of track has now been laid and two tram stops are under construction despite delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Short notes are included in the video to highlight to the viewer progress in specific areas, such as “Tram stop under construction” 28 seconds as the drone is flying over Ocean Terminal.

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Transport and Environment Vice Convener Councillor Karen Doran said: “It’s easy to forget just how much of the north of the city the Tram to Newhaven will serve.

"This fantastic video shows the scale of the project, and the progress made toward its completion, before carrying its first passengers in spring 2023.”

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Costing £207.3m, the council is aiming to finish the project by early 2023.

Leith Walk at Gayfield Square. (Credit: Trams to Newhaven)

Trams to Newhaven will add 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 eight new stops.

Since the video was filmed further progress has been made and more track has been laid on Ocean Way at Stevedore Place.

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Tram works at Ocean Way. (Credit: Trams to Newhaven)
Constitution Street at Baltic Street/Bernard Street junction. (Credit: Trams to Newhaven)
Melrose Drive at Newhaven. (Credit: Trams to Newhaven)