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Old December 19th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #81
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #82
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Old January 5th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #83
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Edingburgh received new transport authority - Transport for Edinburgh. Scottish capital, I think, became third city in the UK, which used word 'for' for transport after London and Manchester. Below is how official logo is looking for tram and buses:





Official website:http://transportforedinburgh.com

P.S. Authority's official logo color is white
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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:14 AM   #84
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I think Transport for Edinburgh differs from those two in that it's a company and an operator, rather than part of local government, like TfGM. TfL is another matter.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #85
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From Global Rail News:

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Daylight testing time
13 Mar 2014, by Marc Johnson


Photo: Jonathan Webb

Daylight testing of trams through Edinburgh has begun as city leaders stepped up efforts to win back shoppers to the city centre.

The new tram system should be open for business in May. Meanwhile a £1m campaign has been launched to win back local people. According to a recent survey of 2,000 residents 92% said they felt the tram works had affected their enjoyment of the city centre.

Says Andrew Burns, leader of Edinburgh City Council, ‘Edinburgh is a unique and world class place but we recognise that some folk may be out of the habit of coming into town. This campaign lets the city speak for itself, reminding people of the fantastic and diverse proposition that the city centre has to offer.’
Plus tram video from driver's view:

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Old March 15th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #86
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Passenger tests took place today. Here some video footage (incl. some drivers view)



It's pretty speedy.

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Old May 2nd, 2014, 03:04 PM   #87
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From Edinburgh Evening News:

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Edinburgh trams start date is May 31
02 May 2014


Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds was joined at the Gyle Centre tram stop by Transport Minister Keith Brown, picture by Neil Hanna

Edinburgh’s trams will start carrying paying passengers on May 31

The first passenger-carrying tram will leave the Gyle at 5am and head to York Place.

It is understood the opening ceremony will be deliberately low-key given the much-maligned project’s overblown budget and missed deadlines.

There will be no ribbon-cutting or bottles of champagne. Instead, city residents will be invited to join the likes of transport minister Keith Brown, city transport convener Lesley Hinds, Transport for Edinburgh chief executive Ian Craig and Lord Provost Donald Wilson for the inaugural run.

Invited members of the public understood to be taking part in the opening ceremony on May 31 include an air stewardess, an Edinburgh Park businessman, a Gyle shopper and a city centre commuter.

The date was announced at the Gyle Shopping Centre this morning when a specially liveried tram bearing the date and the #readytoroll hashtag pulled to a stop.

Confirmation of the May ‘go live’ date comes as Edinburgh Trams approach the latter stages of a period of essential and rigorous testing, commissioning and driver training in preparation for the return of trams to Scotland’s Capital.

It is understood that a certificate of no objection has now been received from an independent engineer tasked with running the rule over the entire 8.7-mile route.

The line has been assessed and snagging works undertaken while training and testing have reached a satisfactory stage, meaning that the four-week countdown can now begin.

Cllr Hinds said: “The trams have already become a familiar sight in Edinburgh’s city centre as the comprehensive testing and training programme has progressed.

“This period has been invaluable for tram drivers and their fellow road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, as everyone gets used to interacting with the trams.”

Full timetable information and ticketing will be released in the coming weeks with several roadshow events planned to help city residents understand how to use the tram, plus buy and validate a ticket.

Cllr Hinds added: “I’ve been contacted by a great many residents eager to know when they’ll be able to start using the trams and I’m sure that now that the official start date is known, we’ll see that anticipation build further.”

Driver training is still ongoing on the line, with each driver being tasked with practising towing a tram through the city centre in the event of a breakdown.

This coupling training will take place until May 7.

Mr Craig said: “Everyone at Transport for Edinburgh is primed for this hugely important launch for the city.

“We’ve recruited and trained a top team at Edinburgh Trams and I’m delighted with the high levels of performance and enthusiasm from everyone involved in the months leading up to today. With four weeks to go, the systems are in place, our training and testing is nearly complete and the final countdown is on.”

He added: “We’re delighted to be the operator of Edinburgh Trams and, through full integration with Lothian Buses, we’re looking forward to delivering a transport system of the highest quality for Edinburgh.”

The news that trams will eventually begin opening their doors to fare-paying passengers has also been welcomed by transport minister Keith Brown.

Hopes of extending the tram line to Leith were delivered a major blow back in March when Mr Brown ruled out any possibility of the city council getting Scottish Government cash for the plan. He told MSPs the government had no intention of giving another penny to trams in Edinburgh.

Council officials are due to report back by the end of the year on details of how the trams could be taken down to Leith. But Mr Brown’s comments make it clear the city will have to look elsewhere for the funding to extend the route.

He said of the upcoming live launch: “Now that we have a confirmed date for the first passenger service, it’s time to look forward with confidence and for the trams to give something back to Edinburgh.

“There has been much excitement and interest generated by the driver-testing phase and the response on social media alone suggests that residents and local businesses are warming to the trams.

“Visitors to the Capital will soon reap the rewards of a fully operational tram system, revamped Haymarket Station and redeveloped Waverley Station.

“When the revised delivery date was announced back in September the target was to have the infrastructure contract completed and handed over to the operator by March 2014.

“Transport Scotland has helped deliver that and played a pivotal role in supporting City of Edinburgh Council and contractors to get the tram project back on track.”

When it first came to power as a minority government in 2007, the SNP tried to scrap the tram project, but the scheme was defended by other parties.

The SNP accepted it would have to provide the promised £500 million, but in December 2011, the then infrastructure secretary Alex Neil said any extension beyond the city centre would be “for another generation to decide”.

Last week, the Evening News revealed how firefighters and tram drivers have undergone specialist training – to teach them how to remove a dead body from beneath a tram.

The grisly scenario in the event of someone being run over by a tram is one of 12 “worst-case scenarios” that drivers and those involved with the project have undertaken ahead of the project going live on May 31.

Labelled Operation Lima, the exercise took place in March and involved a specialist fire unit using a hydraulic crane to lift a tram off a life-sized dummy. Other exercises that have been undertaken include evacuating a tram above the viaduct at Murrayfield, known as Exercise Quito, and a similar evacuation procedure in the underpass beneath the A8 at Gogar labelled Havana. The exotic titles follow a similar vein as that set by Exercise Salvador in March, which saw more than 1000 volunteers test the tram stop at Murrayfield.It is understood that trams safety manager Michael Powell chose the names from a list of Latin American cities he had compiled, with one used for each tram trial.

Carrying 2000 passengers every hour at peak times

EIGHT trams carrying up to 250 people each will run per hour during peak times. A single adult fare will cost £1.50, whilst a child will cost 70p.

Fare dodgers will be hit with a £10 on-the-spot fine from one of 52 ticketing services assistants.

Each stop will be served every seven-and-a-half minutes from Monday to Friday during peak hours. That frequency will fall to every ten minutes at non-peak times and at weekends. Services will operate from 5am until midnight. Journeys from York Place to the airport are expected to take 33 minutes, with trams waiting at each stop for around 25 seconds.

Annual operating and maintenance costs to run the tram line are expected to hit £13.7m.

Of those costs, 15.9 per cent will be spent on drivers; 13.9 per cent on revenue protection officers; 18 per cent on energy; 26 per cent on management, legal, accounting, human resources and administration, and 26.2 per cent on other costs. The council has forecast a profit of £3.7m over the first 15 years.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #88
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From Edinburgh Evening News:

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St James tram deal to edge route closer to Leith
06 May 2014

A MAJOR obstacle in the delivery of the mothballed £80 million tram line down Leith Walk looks set to be overcome, the Evening News can reveal

It is understood key negotiations are taking place between city council officials and developers of the new £850m 
St James Quarter district about extending the tram from York Place and the building of a new stop at Picardy Place.

Initial talks have also centred on the developer part-funding the laying of track down Leith Walk.

The extension project would see a programme of costly underground utility diversions and enabling works taking place outside St Mary’s Cathedral.

This represents a sizeable chunk of the proposed expense of running the trams to 
Newhaven.

A council source revealed the plan – especially the possible funding of track laying – has been “roundly welcomed” at City Chambers.

Henderson Real Estate, the firm behind the St James 
Quarter transformation, has long viewed the retail development as “a central lynchpin” along the two arms of the tram line stretching from the airport to Newhaven.

A highly placed council insider said: “Having a tram line down Leith Walk has always been a key consideration for the developer. Early discussions have taken place in regards them getting the tram to the top of the Walk. It’s only common sense that once the infrastructure is in place for the council to finish it.

“The council has already bought the trams and rails and moved the utilities.”

Council chiefs have also spent £1m “future-proofing” the street, while the possibility of trams running down it is central to the current £9m package of road, pavement and cycle improvement works.

The cost of extending the extra 2.8 miles to the end of the originally planned route at Newhaven has been conservatively estimated at £80m.

Council chiefs had hoped European loans could provide the necessary finance after the Scottish Government ruled out any further monies.

However, engineering advances in track laying and lessons learned from the 8.7-mile airport line are thought to have led to a significant multi-million pound reduction in the funding required.

City coffers have also been swelled to the tune of £1.5m through developer contributions, with more expected to be raked in over the coming years.

The plan has been welcomed by Royal Yacht Britannia chief executive Bob Downie.

He said: “We’ve had the inconvenience for a number of years with no benefit. I’m pleased to hear that this is being considered – it makes sense for everyone to just finish it off.”

Henderson Real Estate hopes to break ground on its colossal transformation of the site next summer. The council has said operation of the tram would be assessed after the start of passenger services later this month.

Henderson was unavailable to comment on the plans

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From Railway Gazette:

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Edinburgh tramway opens
30 May 2014


Among those attending the official opening at York Place were Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Councillor Lesley Hinds



UK: The Edinburgh tramway was officially opened on May 30, ahead of the start of regular passenger services the following day.

‘The tram project has been hugely challenging for the people of Edinburgh but now there seems to be a growing positivity in the city about the start of a brand new transport service’, said Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds.

The 14 km east-west route runs from Edinburgh Airport to York Place with 14 stops. An additional stop at Edinburgh Gateway, between Gogarburn and Gyle Centre, is due to open in December 2016 along with a main line station on the same site. Other rail interchanges are provided at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket, and there is a park-and-ride site at Ingliston. The depot near Gogarburn uses collected rainwater for washing trams and flushing toilets.

Services will run every 8 to 10 min on Monday to Saturday with the first tram leaving York Place at 05.29 and the last at 23.08. Sunday frequencies are 12 to 15 min with the last tram departing York Place at 22.58. The end-to-end journey time is 34 min, although ‘timetables may be reviewed after the first few weeks of passenger service’, according to the city council.

The city-owned operator Edinburgh Trams is part of Transport for Edinburgh, which also includes Lothian Buses. Tram and bus ticketing is integrated. A premium fare will be charged for passengers travelling to or from the airport. Edinburgh Trams has 120 staff, including 40 drivers and 52 ‘ticketing services assistants’.

The route is operated with a fleet of 27 low-floor, bidirectional CAF trams. Each seven-module vehicle is 43 m long and 2 650 mm wide with capacity for 250 passengers including 78 seated and two wheelchair spaces. Maximum speed is 70 km/h. The trams are equipped with regenerative braking, and six substations power the line at 750 V DC.

Final cost of the project is now put at £776m. There are no plans at present to reactivate any of the proposed route extension dropped during the planning and construction phase, but a review of future options is due to take place before the end of the year
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Old May 31st, 2014, 03:54 PM   #90
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Trams are go!!!!!

Finally. I'm looking forward to travelling on them.

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Old May 31st, 2014, 10:03 PM   #91
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Well done Edinburgh, it took a while but you finally made it.
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congratulations...gorgeous tram...
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urbanrail.net's article by Robert Schwandl about Edinburgh Trams:
http://schwandl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/...urgh-tram.html
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From BBC:

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Edinburgh trams: Plans to expand network to Leith
5 December 2014



The tram project, which hit cost overruns and delays, has been running in Edinburgh since May

Councillors are set to consider whether the tram network in Edinburgh should be expanded, seven months after the trams began running

The council is to look at extending the line from the city centre to Leith - part of the original design scrapped when the project ran into trouble.

The line currently stops at York Place in the city centre.

Now councillors are being asked to commission a £400,000 report, examining the implications of extending the line.

If approved, they will consider its findings next spring

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From Broughton Spurtle:

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EXTENDED TRAMLINE IS THE KEY TO EAST END PLANS
Thursday, 8 January 2015





Extending the tramline beyond York Place looks increasingly likely now that TIAA Henderson Real Estate (THRE) has released more detail on its plans for the St James Quarter.

Back in October we reported with surprise the assertion by THRE that developing Picardy Place no longer featured in its proposals for the area

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Planning docs for St James seem to show what's intended for the moved tram terminus.

The south part of the recent Leith Walk public realm plans would have had two traffic lanes each way. Given that would mean trams reversing back into traffic, I assume they've been binned!



This should help with timetabling as well and as incoming trams won't have to hold back while the other reverses out as currently happens with the single platform.
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Balfour Beatty wins Edinburgh Gateway station
Friday 6th February 2015 16:19









Balfour Beatty has won the job to deliver the new Edinburgh Gateway station with a £25.6m bid

The new rail/tram interchange will be built next to the A8 at Gogar. It will improve access to Edinburgh airport for people from the North East of Scotland and Fife.

Balfour’s civil engineering division will build a two storey station building, with two 260m long platforms, an overbridge and pedestrian subway under the A8 from the Gyle Shopping Centre

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After waiting long decades, at last tram is now opened in Edinburgh.

Thankfully like TUNIS, WAHRAN, JAZAIR, SYDNEY, BUENOS AIRES, PYONGYANG, YSTANBUL, SHANGHAI, SHENYANG, TIANJIN, DUBLIN, ATHENA, BERGEN – EDINBURGH has understood its great mistake, and returned tram, as a modern service. Although its new network is much smaller than previous, but something is better than nothing, isn't?

Compare the old & new network. Old network had double-decker trams, new network has articulated 7 coach tram – how contrast



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1) When the construction of MODERN TRAMWAYS started, were the previous tram tracks (closed in fifties) discovered under the road surface in the time of digging?

2) Is there any remaining of previous tram network in Edinburgh?
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