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Free rides in Edinbugh

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the city's Hogmanay revellers as the operators agreed to run the trams through the night for the first time since the network began running in 2014. Up to 4000 passengers will be able to use the special five-hour service, which will start on the stroke of midnight. Extra staff will be brought in to work on the trams and at tram stops to ensure the smooth-running of the extra service, which will run between Shandwick Place and Edinburgh Airport every 20 minutes with all trams calling at Ingliston Park and Ride for drivers wishing to make the most of the free parking facilities. Organisers expect the service to be used by people heading home or to hotels on and around the tram route.

Although bikes can normally be taken on trams this is not permitted during the festive period due to higher passenger numbers.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay, which is produced by Unique Events on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, are expecting another sell-out three day festival, with 150,000 visitors from over 80 countries visiting the celebrations in Scotland's capital city last year, bringing an estimated economic benefit of over GBP40 million to the city.

21 October 2016

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