City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

First Tram Arrives in Edinburgh

By edg - Posted on 18 October 2011

Edinburgh Tram and Lothian Buses

Finally, after the prolonged contractual dispute, things are moving again. Edinburgh's first tram - aside from the "display" tram that was stationed on Princes Street (photo) - arrived at the new depot at Gogar yesterday.

The vehicle was 'split' into seven modules for its 1,500km journey from Irun, northern Spain, and brought over on three low-loader lorries.

The tram is the first of the 27-tram fleet to be housed at the depot. Deliveries will continue over the coming months.

The depot is now electrified, allowing static testing on the trams to begin immediately. Dynamic testing is then due to begin in early December, once the test track is complete.

However, the trams aren't expected to be ferrying passengers along the curtailed route between Edinburgh Airport and St Andrew Square until 2014.