So yes, the Edinburgh Tram is now not running to Leith so strictly speaking this outside our patch, but as so many people from Leith will likely end up using the tram at some point it seemed likely that the details of the proposed tram fares may still be of interest.
They were revealed in an Freedom of Information request submitted by Chris Miller on whatdotheyknow.com
The same flat fare structure that will be familiar to regular bus users has been adopted for most of the route. And so if you stay within the city boundaries it will cost you £1.50 for a single fare however far you go.
Oddly, for a council keen on discouraging people from driving into the city centre, it will cost you £2.50 if you want to get the tram to or from the Ingliston Park and Ride. And to get to the airport it will cost you £4.50 one way.
There has been some controversy over the cost of the airport journey, with critics pointing out that the proposed tram journey could well take longer and cost more than the current airport bus. However, Transport Convenor Lesley Hinds took to Twitter to deny that the tram will take longer than the bus and insisted that it was about “choice” for the passenger.
@AlanRoden it is called choice for the passenger. It will not be slower.
— Lesley Hinds (@LAHinds) September 18, 2013
Other people predicted that as the tram and the buses will all be managed by one firm, that it would seem unlikely that any price differential will be allowed to remain for long.
And although ticketing will be “integrated,” so day tickets and Ridacards will be usable on both buses and trams in the city, the Scottish Government have refused to extend the free OAP travel subsidy to the tram. This means that only older people who live in Edinburgh will be able to travel for free on the trams – as the council is to subsidise their travel directly at a cost of £200,000 per year.
It also recently emerged that the trams are predicted to be operational by May 2014 at the latest.
So it is almost certain that the trams will be operational before the work to repair the damage done by the tram project on Leith Walk – where some local politicians have said no trams will now run for a generation – will be complete.
Many folk might argue that the tram project is not properly complete until the entirety of Leith Walk has been been sorted – either by building a tram down it, or by repairing it properly.
And lets not even mention the developing plans to build a hotel on the roundabout at Picardy Place.
What do you think about the proposed tram fares? Will you welcome the trams when they finally run? Will you use them? And would you like to see them extended down Leith Walk in your lifetime?