Trams to Newhaven

Closed 11 Nov 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018


Following on from the first public consultation exercise in early 2018, the project team have been working to incorporate your feedback into the design proposals. With around 1,400 Consultation Hub submissions, over 1,500 people attending our events and a series of community workshops with local business, interest groups and community councils we have now processed over 8,000 individual pieces of feedback. Indeed, our reach and engagement is one of the most wide-ranging and successful consultation exercise undertaken by the Council.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who took part and gave us their feedback. This feedback has given the team an invaluable insight into the community’s wants, needs and aspirations and has had a direct and tangible effect on how the design proposals will now be taken forward.

The first phase of the consultation generated the following engagement and interest:

  • Public information events: 4 (Leith Theatre, McDonald Road Library, Leith Community Education Centre and Ocean Terminal)
  • Business information forums: 4
  • Total event attendance: 1500+
  • Consultation Hub responses: 1,466
  • Individual pieces of post-it feedback on plans: 600+
  • Total social media reach: 211,660
  • Total social media impressions/views: 3,523,831
  • Leaflets distributed: 2,000
  • Website page views: 34,689

As a result of public feedback received we have made changes to:

  • Active travel provision
  • Constitution Street layout – Laurie Street to Coatfield Lane
  • Access to Balfour Street and side streets
  • Crossing points and permeability on Leith Walk
  • Right-turns to and from Leith Walk
  • Elm Row public realm

During this second stage of public consultation we are keen to hear your views on the changes we have made. We are confident that these changes are a better reflection of how you would like the tram line to look and operate, should it be approved by the Council.

Why your views matter

This consultation is focused on the changes that we have made at the request of the public. The survey will concentrate on where we have updated the designs and give you the opportunity to tell us your thoughts on those changes.


  • All Edinburgh


  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Businesses
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Visitors
  • Taxi Licence holders
  • Architects/designers
  • Built heritage groups
  • Developers/investors
  • Planning consultants
  • Services/utilities
  • Transport groups
  • Young people


  • Cycling and walking
  • Parking spaces
  • Public Transport
  • Roads and pavements
  • Trams
  • Road safety
  • Traffic regulation
  • Travel in Edinburgh
  • Economic development
  • Pollution