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Edinburgh trams reach near half a million in opening month

The Car Hire Edinburgh Airport branch cant believe the amount of people who have already used the new tram system. 

The Edinburgh trams have taken nearly half a million journeys during its first month of service. The transport system which has been considered controversial in some quarters has had an average of 90,000 passenger trips per week since its launch.

More than 40,000 people took a trip on its first weekend in operation, with 130,000 boarding in the first seven days. Tram bosses said the numbers were in line with forecasts made prior to the launch of the service, with a year prediction of 4.5 million passengers.

Tram expert Professor Lewis Lesley said “Reliability will be key. If it’s slower than or second to the bus then it will not grow as those behind the scheme need it to. I call it the Marks & Spencer effect – if a product is reliable then the best form of recommendation is from happy shoppers or users.”

The tram system is expected to run at an operating loss until 2029, with the council absorbing the losses. Transport chiefs are keen to make it known it will have no impact on the much loved bus service in the city.