Helping to bring economic benefits to the city by providing an integrated transport solution for an east-west corridor, the existing 14km tram route links Edinburgh Airport to the city centre at York Place.
The route connects many residential and commercial centres with Scotland’s national transport network through several strategically located interchange stations.
The newest of these inter-modal hubs, Edinburgh Gateway, connects rail passengers from Fife and North East Scotland to the airport within 5 minutes.
In line with the city’s Strategic Development Plan, plans have been agreed in principle to extend the tram route by 3km to Edinburgh’s waterfront, connecting Leith and Newhaven to the city centre.
Edinburgh Trams offer an efficient and sustainable transport system. The trams are powered by electricity and have zero on-street carbon emissions. They have regenerative braking, which means energy that would otherwise have been wasted can be used.
The trams complement Edinburgh’s existing public transport network, helping to encourage modal shift in commuter habits, helping to ease the city centre traffic congestion otherwise associated with a growing city and reducing pollution.
There are 16 tram stops along the route including: Edinburgh International Airport, Edinburgh Gateway, Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Park Central, Murrayfield Stadium, Haymarket, Princes Street, St Andrew Square and York Place.
At this stage, the journey time from the Airport to the city centre is approximately 34 minutes.