EDINBURGH TRAM INFO – Building the Network
Page last updated Q2 2013
THE MAIN CIVIL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS
THE STREET WORKS
Phase 1a of the construction envisaged the line from Edinburgh Airport to Newhaven being completed. This was to incorporate some parts of the approved Line 1 and some parts of Line 2; and see the construction of approximately 18.7km of double track line, and 1.4km of single track line. The Depot to be situated at Gogar. The public running length would be approximately 18.4 km. Phase 1b was for Haymarket to Granton via Crewe Toll running along the Roseburn transport corridor (the former Railway Line). Phase 2 was the Granton to Newhaven completing the link. Phase 3 was for a minor stub line from Gogarburn to Newbridge. The initial intended date for passenger revenue was February 2011 but this slipped during the process. (See the Network Plans page for more details).
The work was programmed in phases with -
Phase 1a – Edinburgh Airport to Newhaven
Phase 1b – Haymarket to Granton via Crewe Toll
Phase 2 – Granton to Newhaven
Phase 3 – the extension of the airport line between Gogarburn and Newbridge.
When the funding was approved in 2007 the costs had increased to £545m (from £375m when initial costs were estimated in 2003). Funding from the Scottish Government is £500m, and the balance of £45m being provided by the City of Edinburgh Council.
All phases apart from the line from the Airport to Newhaven were postponed by April 2009 due to financial problems. With the increase in costs due to difficulties with utility relocation and underground problems discovered, it was decided to curtail the initial network. The agreement reached in November 2011 will now see a line running from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre, just past St Andrew Square to a terminus in York Place just before Picardy Place. This is known as Phase 1a. The cost of this much shortened line is £770m, with an expected date for revenue service now 2014. The agreement with the contractors saw the City of Edinburgh Council pay for all the equipment first ordered for the expected line between the Airport and Newhaven. TIE was disbanded.
CIVIL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION
The construction involved new bridges, retaining walls, viaducts, the depot and control centre, electricity sub stations (to provide current to the overhead lines at 750v), track laying, and tram stops.
The main civil engineering building works are listed as follows – (please see our page “Equipment” for additional details and photographs of the sub-stations.)
Edinburgh Airport Tram Stop
Airport Retaining Wall
Ingliston Park & Ride Tram Stop
Ingliston Electricity Sub Station
Gogar Burn Bridge
Gogar Land Fill
Gogarburn Tram Stop
Depot Non Public Tram Stop
Edinburgh Gateway (link with Railway)
A8 Road Underpass
Gyle Tram Stop
Edinburgh Park Central Tram Stop
Edinburgh Park Bridge
Edinburgh Park Station Tram Stop (link with Railway)
Bankhead Tram Stop
South Gyle Access Bridge
Bankhead Electricity Sub Station
Saughton Tram Stop
Carrick Knowe Bridge
Jenner’s Electricity Sub Station
Balgreen Tram Stop
Water of Leith Bridge
Murrayfield Tram Stop
Russell Road Retaining Wall
Russell Road Bridge
Haymarket Tram Stop (link with Railway)
Haymarket Electricity Sub Station
Shandwick Place Princes Street- West End Tram Stop
Princes Street Tram Stop
St Andrew Square Tram Stop
York Place / South St Andrew Street road level realignment
Cathedral Electricity Sub Station
York Place Tram Stop
THE STREET WORKS
The first part of the Edinburgh Tram Network to be completed is the line from Edinburgh Airport to York Place which consists of 13.4km of double line track with a small additional siding at Haymarket Yards (between Murrayfield & Haymarket Tram Stops).
The first Phase for the track from Gogar Depot to the Airport was handed over to the Council on 8th March 2013.
Please also have a look at our page Equipment for some additional details.
These works are covered in the photographs with explanations of date and location. Additional views are on our page Building Works Phase 1A continued.
Some re-instatement has been required in the area between York Place and Newhaven where utilities had been relocated and only temporary works completed as it was intended that the tram would run in this area as part of the initial works programme.
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