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Free trams for Edinburgh's Hogmanay partygoers

Edinburgh tram Image copyright Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh Trams will be free for revellers to get home after the New Year celebrations.

The free late-night trams will run from midnight on Saturday 31 December until 05:00 on Sunday 1 January.

The service will run every 20 minutes between West End Princes Street and Edinburgh Airport, with all trams stopping at Ingliston Park and Ride.

There will also be a free Hogmanay night bus service provided by Lothian Buses and supported by Diageo.

Extra staff will be onboard the trams for safety reasons.

Although bikes can normally be taken on trams, they are banned during the festive period due to higher passenger numbers.

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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 taking in the celebrations in Scotland's capital city last year.

It brought an estimated economic benefit of over £40m to the city.

Al Thomson, director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said: "We're thrilled to announce a new partnership with Edinburgh Trams, enhancing the city's incredible free Hogmanay transport services to locals and visitors, giving thousands of revellers the perfect start to 2017 after the world-famous celebrations."

George Lowder, chief executive of Transport for Edinburgh, added: "There really is no better place to celebrate the festive period than in Edinburgh and the city's Hogmanay party is the pinnacle of those New Year celebrations.

"With so many additional visitors coming to the capital we are keen to help both tram and bus passengers travel safely by offering a free late-night timetable that means they can make the most of what's on offer."

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