Posted on Monday, 10th June 2019 at 10:48

Results published today (10 June) show continuing growth for the city’s tramway. Revenue grew by 22 per cent in 2018 with the total number of customer journeys increasing by 10 per cent to 7.3 million.

The maturing organisation was recently given responsibility for maintaining vehicles and infrastructure by the City of Edinburgh Council following a long-planned review of the Operating Agreement. Under the new arrangement, Edinburgh Trams has paid access and maintenance fees for the use of trams, infrastructure, track and depot. Edinburgh Trams is now able to improve value for money by directly managing contracts for vehicles, infrastructure and systems.

Edinburgh Trams is an award winning operator that has just celebrated its fifth birthday. With industry leading levels of customer satisfaction, reliability and punctuality, they continue to support the City of Edinburgh Council on delivering Trams to Newhaven.

Lea Harrison, Managing Director of Edinburgh Trams added:

“We are delighted that our patronage and revenue continues to increase and we’re now five years into service. We are very much looking forward to the future and preparing the organisation of Trams to Newhaven in Summer 2022.”

George Lowder, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh commented:

“These results demonstrate the continued success of the TfE Group, underpinned by growing patronage and revenue, returning a dividend to the City. The tram operating company has now taken responsibility for all tram costs, previously met by the City of Edinburgh Council which has had an impact on the balance sheet. This, however, is the right thing to do, moving to a full operate and maintain model, ahead of taking trams to Newhaven.”