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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.

An artist’s impression of trams travelling on Leith’s Constitution Street. Edinburgh City Council

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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