5th November 2019
After two years of close collaboration, the hard work of the Sacyr Farrans Neopul team paid-off earlier this month, when the Edinburgh Tram - York Place to Newhaven Project was granted full approval to proceed.
During the last six months, working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and other key stakeholders, an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) period allowed our teams to work up initial designs and develop the construction programme, phasing and logistics. The successful completion of this phase confirmed the Council’s business case is achievable and the project is ready to move to construction.
Alejandro Mendoza Monfort, SFN JV Project Director, said:
"On behalf of the Sacyr Farrans Neopul Joint Venture, we are delighted at the announcement. As a team, we were confident the ECI period would bring great benefits to the project through the collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and key stakeholders. This six-month period has given all parties a great stepping stone to build on and we now look forward to delivering a successful Trams to Newhaven project, along with the wide-ranging social and economic benefits for the local community.
"At every point during delivery, we will pay close attention to maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality. We will ensure the needs of the community and local businesses are central to our plans, to ensure they experience minimum disruption. We are committed to ensuring we leave a positive lasting legacy to the community of Leith, Newhaven and the City of Edinburgh."
Works will now commence on site, before the end of the year, starting on Constitution Street with further enabling works commencing on Leith Walk. These works will include installation of traffic management and site clearance to facilitate the commencement of service diversions in advance of the main works to construct the new tramlines.
A key focus of the team will be the protection of the public and ensuring we minimise disruption for those who live and work along the route from York Place to Newhaven.
The project is expected to run until 2023 with passenger services timetabled to begin in the Spring of 2023.
For further information please visit the project website. www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk