Edinburgh trams running three-quarters empty [BBC News]

Date: 30/12/2016

Edinburgh's £776m tram network was running at an average of 25% capacity, newly released figures show. Passenger numbers on the network almost doubled between 2014 and 2015 to 5.3 million, but the services have the potential to carry 21 million people per year. Each tram has a capacity of 250 and the vehicles make a total of 85,000 journeys per year. It means, on average, three-quarters of the space on the network was unfilled. The trams were originally designed to run for 15 miles from Edinburgh Airport to Leith by 2011, at a cost of £375m. But a truncated nine-mile service, stopping in the city centre, opened in 2014, at a cost of £776m - with interest charges expected to push the final bill to about £1bn.

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Edinburgh's £776m tram network was running at an average of 25% capacity last year, newly released figures show.

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