Edinburgh Trams is running more peak services from today following a successful trial.

From July 26, three return journeys will be added to the morning and evening peaks every day, increasing the service frequency from every eight to 10 minutes to every five minutes.

A trial was conducted earlier this month to ensure that the introduction of more services wouldn’t affect road traffic.

Edinburgh Trams said the higher frequency service was needed to keep up with the demand for trams in the city, with passenger numbers rising by 9.3 per cent last year.

George Lowder, chief executive of Transport for Edinburgh, said: “A lot of work has gone into making sure the new journeys would integrate seamlessly with other traffic and I appreciate the efforts that all the staff at Edinburgh Trams and City of Edinburgh Council have put into this.

“We will maintain our focus on improving the service on the existing line for the benefit of commuters, residents and visitors alike.”

Edinburgh Trams operated a fleet of 27 trams across its 14-kilometre network, which connects Edinburgh Airport with the city centre.

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