It has been revealed that passenger numbers on the Edinburgh Trams line between York Place and the Airport are set to hit 3 million by the end of the year – ahead of forecast patronage. The figures were released as Transport for Edinburgh – the integrated transport group for the city – celebrated their first anniversary and announced that 6 million more passengers had been welcomed on Edinburgh’s public transport network during 2014 (in addition to the 3 million on the trams bus patronage increased by 3 million).
Ian Craig, Transport for Edinburgh Chief Executive, said: “The first year of Transport for Edinburgh has been quite remarkable. We’re seeing are fantastic results which are the sum of all the efforts put in from right at the outset by people at Edinburgh Trams, Lothian Buses, the City of Edinburgh Council and by all of our partners. We’ve had to invest and be bold to get here but I make no apology for leading that – we’re in new territory. Establishing a new company and brand isn’t easy but our investment is paying off and what we’re seeing as a result is six million more people using public transport in 2014 over 2013. This is a huge shift which is of great benefit to Edinburgh’s environment and it’s economy. Transport for Edinburgh is the future and it benefits from the very best with Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams. I’m delighted to be leading it.”
Edinburgh Trams opened to the public on Saturday 31st May and despite a few high profile incidents where road vehicles have been in collision with trams it is thought that the operational reliability of the line is as good as would be expected from a new line.
* Meanwhile the inquiry into the project – announced by the Scottish government back in June – has now launched its own website at http://www.edinburghtraminquiry.org/. This will give details of the inquiry, who is involved in the inquiry and eventually the full report will be released there. It is expected the inquiry will take the form of 10 stages and currently it is in the second and third stage which involves setting up offices, recruiting staff and obtaining technical support and the start of the investigation including deciding what further information is needed.