Opening date set for Edinburgh Tram

Edinburgh’s long-awaited tram network will open to passengers on May 31, the city council has announced.

The ‘go-live’ date, which is more than three years later than the original planned opening, will mark the end of the testing and driver training programme.

Ian Craig, chief executive of Transport for Edinburgh, 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.

“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.”