When there is an event at Murrayfield Stadium – whether that be a rugby international or a concert – Edinburgh Trams really comes into its own and plays an even more vital role than it does usually as it transports crowds with a more intensive timetable in operation. One such occasion was on Saturday 13th November when 17 of the 27 strong fleet of CAF trams were noted in service.
An increased timetable with trams up to every three minutes in the lead up to and after the match against South Africa – which the visitors were the victors 30-15 – was in the operation and this saw 17 of the trams allocated to service during the day. The trams in use were 252, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 262, 265, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275 and 276.
To aid passengers there were ticket sellers and tram marshalls at all city centre stops and the General Manager was even seen at Haymarket where there was a mobile ticket office on the Murrayfield bound platform. The trams were packed on the way to the stadium as were Lothian Buses services and the part route extras they were also operating.
To give an example of how busy it was and how many trams were out and about at around 1120 whilst 257 was loading a large crowd at York Place there were a further three trams bumper to bumper at the other end of York Place (between Elder Street and the bend onto North Saint Andrew Street) with the last one briefly blocking westbound traffic from York Place onto Queen Street.