Tram Profits Arrive Ahead Of Schedule

Posted on Thursday, 29th June 2017 at 08:00

Additional services and rising passenger numbers have helped Edinburgh Trams return an operating profit well ahead of schedule.

Results published today (Thursday, 29 June) reveal the company’s financial performance is not just on track, but is exceeding targets with the latest accounts recording a pre-tax profit of £252,000.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s original business model for the tram network predicted the first positive returns would arrive in 2018 and forecasted a pre-tax loss of £170,000 for the year ending December 2016.

Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams’ Managing Director, said:

“We’re delighted with these results and they firmly reflect the growing popularity of the tram.

“Over the past year we’ve seen patronage increase by 10 per cent and revenue rise by 12 per cent. These encouraging figures have been driven by our move to increase the frequency of trams combined with our ongoing commitment to exceptional service.

“We’ve recorded industry-leading levels of customer satisfaction and exceeded the expectations of the initial business model, but we’re not about to become complacent. We’ll continue our efforts to further improve services and strengthen the tram’s position at the heart of the city’s transport network.”

George Lowder, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh, added:

“The financial results of the Operator for 2016 are yet further evidence of the vital part the tramway plays in Edinburgh’s integrated transport system.

“Edinburgh Trams are working tirelessly to offer a safe, reliable and customer focused operation with performance for 2017 already showing further growth.”

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport Convener for City of Edinburgh Council, said:

“These are fantastic figures, demonstrating how popular trams have become. It’s especially welcome news so soon after the capital’s trams were nationally recognised for having the highest customer satisfaction rating of any public transport operator in the UK. Full credit to everyone at Edinburgh Trams for the sterling job they’re doing. ”