Edinburgh to ‘explore potential’ of taking trams to Fife

Plan to extend the network across the Forth features in new long-term vision.

Edinburgh’s tram line could be extended into Fife in the future, according to a long-term vision for the network.

A ‘city mobility’ plan drawn up by the capital’s council vows to “explore the potential” of extending the route across the Firth of Forth.

Last week, plans were revealed to take the network to Granton in the north of Edinburgh, and the Royal Infirmary hospital in the south.

Work is currently under way to extend the Edinburgh Airport-to-city centre route to Newhaven.

Edinburgh council’s transport and environment convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “There’s no question that we need to make bold, transformational decisions if we are to become carbon neutral by 2030, while delivering a truly accessible and sustainable transport system.

“Of course this vision doesn’t stop at Edinburgh’s boundary, and it’s essential that we consider travel to and from the city from neighbouring areas as part of our plan.

“These proposals are part of a long-term strategy but we want to know what people think of them.”

Plans for Edinburgh last week also included pedestrianising George Street and transforming the bus and cycling networks.

The council has also now said it wants the Forth Road Bridge to remain a dedicated public transport route.

Story by local democracy reporter David Bol

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