Sacyr completes the construction of the new Edinburgh tram after investing 240 million euros

Edinburgh City Council today inaugurated the extension of the tram line connecting the city center with Newhaven, built by the joint venture SFN, led by Sacyr together with Farrans.

The project, awarded by Edinburgh Trams, included the design, construction and commissioning and has involved a investment of 207 million pounds (240 million euros).

The extension of the line covers a section of eight new stops along 4.7 km, which will provide a sustainable service to one of the most densely populated areas of the city. This increased connectivity will bring further economic development, trade, employment and tourism to the neighborhoods of Leith and Newhaven.

It is estimated that about 16 million people will use this infrastructure annually.

Maria Ortega, project manager for Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras, highlights the challenges faced by the consortium: “The joint venture has adapted and has overcome unprecedented global challenges: the Covid pandemic, Brexit and the war in Ukraine. We are proud of our team and what we have achieved together.”

The works began in November 2019 and have been completed on schedule. This project has overcome numerous challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the excavation and relocation of the archaeological finds of a copy of the original wheels of the first tram dating from the 19th century.

During the execution of the works, SFN has adopted a best practice approach to stakeholder engagement, such as the creation of logistics centers to assist businesses and residents. We have managed more than 24,500 citizen participation commitments and more than 75,000 deliveries during this project.

Exhaustive testing phase

The new section of the tramway has passed a exhaustive testing phase to guarantee the safety and planning of the new infrastructure, as well as the correct implementation of the signage and integration with the Edinburgh Trams control center and the process of familiarizing drivers with this new route.

UK growth

The United Kingdom is one of Sacyr’s priority markets within the framework of its Strategic Plan 2021-2025. The Edinburgh tram joins other successful construction projects such as the University of Ulster in Belfast and the A6 motorway between Dungiven and Drumahoe.

Sacyr is currently in charge of building the Belfast Grand Central Station multimodal interchange, which will improve Northern Ireland’s national and international connections. In addition, in July 2022, Sacyr was awarded its first concession in the country, the Velindre Hospital in Wales.


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