All aboard, tickets please …

All aboard, tickets please …

Fairhurst has been appointed to provide infrastructure design services for the £207M. 4.69km Edinburgh Trams Phase 2 project connecting the current end of the existing Edinburgh tram line at York Place near the center of Edinburgh to Leith and Newhaven on the Firth of Forth.

Fairhurst, acting in joint venture with SENER, a Spanish engineering consultant, will provide design services to the Infrastructure and Systems Contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul Joint Venture who were appointed by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).

Our appointment is split into three phases. The first phase is a six-month Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) which commenced earlier this year with the design team and contractor working closely with the CEC Management Delivery Team and other key stakeholders to develop the scope of the project and a costed plan for the construction phase.  Phase 2, if instructed by CEC, will see further design development followed then by the Phase 3 detailed design of these proposals.

Other appointments by CEC on the project include Siemens to provide the rolling stock and operating systems, and Morrison Utilities to clear the route of conflicting utilities.  It is this latter part which plagued the delivery of the first tram delivery project in Edinburgh, and by appointing a parallel contract, CEC has sought to de-risk the project.

On the current programme, the initial site clearance and utility diversion works get under way at the end of this year, with Edinburgh Trams set to take their first passengers to and from Newhaven in early 2023.