Edinburgh tram forced to halt service as Royal Mail van blocks line

Passengers were alerted to a blockage on the line on Sunday afternoon during Storm Isha.

Edinburgh tram forced to halt service as parked Royal Mail van in Leith blocks line Andrew Heald/X

An Edinburgh tram was forced to come to a halt after the line was blocked by a Royal Mail van.

The Constitution Street route in Leith in the city’s east end faced minor disruption on Sunday, January 21 amid travel chaos due to Storm Isha.

Rail, ferry and flight services were all subject to delays and cancellations while Edinburgh Trams services were largely unaffected by the bad weather.

A blockage on the line was reported at around 1.18pm on Sunday afternoon with passengers warned trams were only running from Edinburgh Airport to Balfour Street.

A picture emerged on social media showing a Royal Mail van parked halfway on the pavement and half on the tram line, with a tram at a standstill behind.

The disruption to services was brief despite ticket acceptance being put in place on Lothian buses.

A tweet read: “If we want more people to use public transport, then it needs to run on time, all the time.

“If we want more people to walk & wheel, then pavements need to be unobstructed.

“Royal Mail please do better.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We are aware of the issue and will raise it with individual involved.”

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