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Edinburgh public get their first look at city's new trams

THE look of the Edinburgh trams, and their drivers, has been revealed after one of the vehicles rolled into the heart of the city.

OFFICIAL UNVEILING: One of the shiny new trams on view at the stop in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, yesterday. Pictures: Steve Cox
OFFICIAL UNVEILING: One of the shiny new trams on view at the stop in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, yesterday. Pictures: Steve Cox

The confirmed livery of the trams was unveiled as drivers and other staff donned the uniforms they will wear in the New Year when the controversial system is up and running.

Lothian Buses vehicles will be updated as part of an ongoing process "to align the fleet to the new look".

Yesterday marked the handover of a mile-long section of track between the Gogar Tram depot and Edinburgh Park Station and the test tram then reached St Andrew's Square.

Lesley Hinds, city transport convener, said: "The new look has been developed economically in a way that reflects the integrated nature of the services offered and when trams get up and running I think customers will see the benefits.

"With full line testing underway and the trams now getting ready for service, everyone involved is completely focused on the launch in Spring 2014."

Officials are already integrating ticketing, timetabling and customer services to make journeys easier "but there's much more opportunity ahead to develop wider transport policy in a way that benefits everyone who wants to get around the city, whether they use bus, tram, bike or go on foot," she said.

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