Trams on target for revised schedule

EDINBURGH’S troubled trams project is on track to meet its revised timetable for completion, according to officials.

The progress was highlighted as a 2.8km stretch of track between the Gogar depot and the airport was handed over to the council following a programme of testing by contractors.
Handover marked the end of a commissioning process that started last November and keeps contract completion on target for summer 2014. Once on-street works and overhead cabling work is completed by the end of the year, testing and commissioning will follow to prepare the system and the service for operation.
Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “With the airport to Gogar section now handed over to the Council and good progress being made all along the route, it’s clear to see that the Edinburgh Tram project is heading towards completion.
“The coming months will see on-street works completed, full line tram testing and driver training along the whole route. It’s a big year for the project and we can push on safe in the knowledge that this first 2.8km section has been successfully completed and is working well.”
The project team will report to council in September with an update on project timescales. Spending remains in line with the revised budget of £776m that was approved in September 2011.