PASSENGERS in Edinburgh will be able to use one ticket to get on both buses and trams when the capital's new transport system launches next summer.

Councillors have revealed details of Transport for Edinburgh, the new company which will oversee the running of both the trams and Lothian buses.

They said the two ­transport systems would be linked with co-ordinated timetables and ­smartcards which allow passengers to switch between them. Day tickets and other multi-journey tickets will also be transferable between the two.

Edinburgh residents who are over 60 or disabled will also be able to use the trams free deploying the same concessionary pass which entitles them to free bus travel. There will also be a flat fare for using the network, except for journeys beyond the Gogar depot to Ingliston park and ride and Edinburgh Airport.

Details of ticket and timetabling for the trams have been revealed in a City of Edinburgh Council report due to go before full council next Thursday.

Cllr Lesley Hinds said: "Edinburgh's new tram service is fast approaching and we're developing the service in a way that fully complements our award winning bus service.

"With their existing knowledge and expertise Lothian Buses is very well placed to thrive with the tram and I'm very pleased that we're working in partnership with them.

"The tram and bus services will be fully integrated with tickets and timetabling delivered through one system to make journeys easier. Any profit made will go back into Edinburgh's transport system."