Work to connect Edinburgh’s existing tram network to the Newhaven line will see the permanent closure of the York Place stop this week and a temporary suspension of services to other city centre stops.
From Thursday, February 10, trams will run as far as the West End tram stop with alternative arrangements put in place to enable customers to complete their journey. In April, services will resume as far as a temporary terminus in St Andrew Square.
During this period there will be no services to Princes Street and St Andrew Square although customers with any tram tickets, Ridacards and valid Concessionary cards can use Lothian bus services 3, 4, 12, 25, 26, 31, 33, 44 to link with the tram at West End.
Customers interchanging with National Rail services can also use their tram ticket between Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley stations thanks to a partnership with Scotrail.
Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams Managing Director, commented:
“The closure of York Place marks a major milestone in the Trams to Newhaven project, and shows that work to expand our popular tram network is gathering pace ahead of the planned launch of services on the new line in 2023.
“However, we are aware that the closure, and temporary suspension of services to Princes Street and St Andrew Square may cause inconvenience to some customers, so these works have been scheduled during the quietist time of the year and well ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer for the city.”
When the line to Newhaven opens, a new stop at Picardy Place will replace the existing one at York Place, allowing easy access to St James Quarter, the Omni Centre and the top of Leith Walk.