Edinburgh approves Newhaven extension

Edinburgh City Council has voted in favour of extending its tram line by 2.8 miles (4.6km) from the city centre to Newhaven at a cost of up to £207million.

Construction should be completed by the end of 2022 so that services can begin in early 2023. The extension will be funded by borrowing against future tram revenues, plus a £20m dividend from the city’s public bus firm Lothian Buses.

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Edinburgh City Council’s transport convenor Lesley Macinnes said: “Taking trams to Newhaven will allow brownfield development sites to be transformed, opening up the whole of north Edinburgh to a wealth of opportunities in terms of jobs, housing and local facilities.

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