Edinburgh tram testing arrives in the city centre

Tram tests have begun in Edinburgh’s city centre in preparation for the opening of the light rail system next year.

An initial run was conducted along Prices Street to York Place in the early hours of yesterday (December 5) morning.

Engineers walked the first tram along the route checking for faults before the first passengers use the £776 million system in May 2014.

More frequent tests will now be carried out in the new year.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Seeing the trams operating in the city centre is a sign of real progress for the project, following the delays and frustration of the past.

“This is another major step toward next May when the trams will be up and running for passengers. Along with the redevelopment of Haymarket and Waverley stations, Edinburgh will very soon have the tram system it has long been promised.”