Edinburgh’s award-winning tramway has enjoyed its busiest month ever, with more than 1.2m customer journeys recorded in August.

As the city hosted a series of cultural events as part of its globally acclaimed festival season, Edinburgh Trams stepped up services to ensure customers could make the most of a packed programme of performances, from big names to breakthrough artists.

Passenger numbers have also been boosted by rugby internationals at the Scottish Gas Murrayfield stadium, with extra trams laid on to make sure fans missed none of the action.

Services have also run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays to meet demand from concert and festival goers.

Lea Harrison, Edinburgh Trams Managing Director, commented:

This incredible milestone couldn’t have been achieved at a better time, showing our tramway continues to go from strength to strength by offering a value-for-money travel option for our customers.

The launch of services to Newhaven earlier this year has clearly been a major factor in the increasing popularity of the tram, and it’s fantastic to see so many people using the Leith Walk and The Shore stops. This demonstrates how the trams are already helping local communities and businesses unlock their full potential by providing a reliable link between Edinburgh’s most densely populated areas, the city centre, and beyond.

I would like to thank the entire Edinburgh Trams team for their hard work during what is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the city, and we’ll continue to do whatever we can to ensure the best possible service for customers whenever they travel with us.

We expect this to be the first of many records to be broken as the network continues to play a key role in developing Edinburgh’s economy and future prosperity.