In December 2014, Edinburgh City Council (“the Council”) approved the development of business case for an extension of the current Edinburgh tram line from York Place to Newhaven.
In developing the business case four options have been considered, these are to extend the tram line from York Place to:
Option 1 – Newhaven (4.7km);
Option 2 – Ocean Terminal (3.9km);
Option 3 – Foot of the Walk (1.9km); and
Option 4 – MacDonald Road (0.8km)
is approximately 4.69km long commencing at York Place and crossing Broughton Street Junction to an island Stop adjacent to the existing Picardy Place Roundabout. The alignment from York Place through Picardy Place has been determined through discussions with the Council’s project team responsible for the Edinburgh St James development. From Picardy Place the line heads north east passing over London Road Junction which will be reconfigured to a fully signalised junction from what is currently a roundabout. The line then continues along Leith Walk in dedicated public transport lanes (inbound and outbound) with a central reserve accommodating the overhead line poles. There are Stops at McDonald Road and Balfour Street, both with island platforms. The line then passes over Great Junction Street to a side platform tram stop at the Foot of the Walk in Constitution Street. The next Stop is located at Bernard Street before the line swings west at the Casino to the Port of Leith tram stop on Ocean Drive which has side platforms. The line then runs along Ocean Drive in a shared running corridor over Tower Place Bridge and Victoria Dock Entrance Bridge before turning south to an island platform Stop at Ocean Terminal. From Ocean Terminal the alignment stays on Ocean Drive until it reaches North Leith Sands where it rises to meet Lindsay Road. It then runs in a tram only corridor adjacent to Lindsay Road until reaching Newhaven tram stop (side platform) located just before Sandpiper Drive. - Picardy Place – Island Platform - McDonald Road – Island Platform - Balfour Street – Island Platform - Foot of the Walk – Side Platform (Bespoke Arrangement) - Bernard Street – Island Platform - Port of Leith – Island Platform - Ocean Terminal – Island Platform - Newhaven – Side Platform.
Picardy Place – Island Platform
McDonald Road – Island Platform
Balfour Street – Island Platform
Foot of the Walk – Side Platform (Bespoke Arrangement)
Bernard Street – Island Platform
Port of Leith – Island Platform
Ocean Terminal – Island Platform
Newhaven – Side Platform
All options follow the same alignment at Option 1 to their respective termini.
(3.86km) terminates at Ocean Terminal and delivers six new tram stops;
(1.94km) terminates at Foot of the Walk and delivers four new tram stops; and
(0.76km) terminates at MacDonald Road and delivers two new tram stops. The temporary tram stop at York Place is replaced under all options by the Picardy Place tram stop.
Options 1 and 2 require two new substations and Options 3 and 4 require one new substation.
The current tram line runs from Edinburgh Airport to a temporary tram stop at York Place. This involves 14km of tramway accommodating a mix of off-street running and dedicated and shared sections on-street.
Tram passenger services commenced on 31 May 2014, and in the first year of passenger operations, patronage numbers have been in line with business case expectations. Over this same period, Lothian Buses have also seen a year on year rise in passenger numbers, which is encouraging to note and would suggest that public transport usage in Edinburgh is on the increase.
The principle of extending the tram network north to Leith aligns with Council policy from a planning, transport and economic development perspective and the draft business case concludes that there is an economic case for options 1 to 3.
Under the provisions of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Act, the Council has already acquired, or has agreements in place to acquire sufficient land to deliver each of the four options under consideration in the business case.
In accordance with section 74 of the Act construction of any extension must commence by March 2021, (15 years after the commencement of the legislation).
Likely Schedule of Works
These details are taken from the original plans for the works and may vary to what is eventually built.
· Work No. 1—A road tramway 981 metres in length (double line) commencing to the east of the junction of Queen Street, North St. Andrew Street, Dublin Street and York Place extending via York Place and Picardy Place to a point on Leith Walk at the junction with McDonald Road and Brunswick Road.
· Work No. 2—A road tramway 1167 metres in length (double line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 1 on Leith Walk to a point to the south of its junction with Great Junction Street, Duke Street and Constitution Street.
· Work No. 3—A road tramway 829 metres in length (double line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 2 and then on Constitution Street to a point north of its junction with Tower Street.
· Work No. 4—A tramroad 285 metres in length (double line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 3 passing across the western part of the former access road to the Port of Leith and north of Ocean Drive to a point to the east of the junction with Tower Place.
· Work No. 5—A road tramway 317 metres in length (double line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 4 along Ocean Drive to a point to the west of the junction with Rennie's Isle.
· Work No. 6—A tramroad 207 metres in length (single line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 5 along the south side of Ocean Drive to a point to the south of the Ocean Point development.
· Work No. 7—A road tramway 205 metres in length (single line) extending from its junction with the termination of Work No. 5 along Ocean Drive to a point to the south of the Ocean Point development at the termination of Work No. 6.
· Work No. 8—A tramroad 1155 metres in length (double line) extending from its junction with the termination of Works No. 6 and 7 along the south side of Ocean Drive, crossing Ocean Drive near to the Ocean Terminal building, then continuing between Ocean Drive and the Ocean Terminal building along the north side of Ocean Drive and crossing Ocean Drive near 20 North Leith Sands before rising up on a retaining wall structure to continue on the north side of Lindsay Road to a point at the junction of Lindsay Road and Newhaven Place.
· Work No. 8A—A tramroad 128 metres in length (double line) forming a spur extending north from Work No. 8 adjacent to the Ocean Terminal Building.
· Work No. 8B—A tramroad 51 metres in length (double line) forming a chord between Work No. 8A and Work No. 8 adjacent to the Ocean Terminal Building.
Only the "mock up" model of the tram, which opened to public display, outside Ocean Terminal.
An image of a Gauge 1 scale model of a first generation Tram Number 69by Chris Romain. This model was made by one of our members, Chris Romain, about 30 years ago using "plasticard" sheets.
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