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Since the closure of the Edinburgh tramway network in 1956 there have been a number of attempts to reinstate a tramway system and with the announcement by the then Scottish Executive in March 2003 of a GBP375 million investment in public transport improvements for Edinburgh, which would fund at least one, and possibly two, of the 3 proposed tram routes, the possibility of a modern tramway system in Edinburgh now looked better than it has for 50 years.
The tramway proposals are being progressed by 'tie' (transport initiatives edinburgh) which is an arm's length Council-owned company. It was to deliver a number of major public transport schemes in and around Edinburgh in the next 10-15 years, including the tram network, the West Edinburgh Guided Busway and a heavy rail link to Edinburgh airport.
The lines proposed were:
The actual project has been considerably revised due to a number of factors. Only one tramline will be built initially, from Newhaven via Leith and the city centre to the Gyle and terminating at the airport. Instead of a heavy rail link to the airport, interchange stations will be available at the Gogar depot for the Fife line, and Edinburgh Park for the Glasgow (Queen Street) lines. A new electrified line is being built by extending the Edinburgh-Bathgate line.
Meantime tie has released the photo above of the first vehicle to be completed for Edinburgh at CAF's factory at Irun in Euskal Herria.
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