Negotiations for the lease of 10 trams have ended.

Edinburgh’s troubled tram project has been dealt a fresh blow with the news that Transport for London has rejected a joint proposal from manufacturer CAF and the City of Edinburgh Council to lease some of the city’s redundant tram fleet.

The city had been shortlisted to supply additional rolling stock for use on the Croydon Tramlink system alongside rival bids from manufacturers Stadler and Pesa. It is thought that negotiations centred on the use of ten trams which would allow capacity to be increased.

With plans for the Edinburgh scheme to terminate at St Andrew Square in the city centre rather than continuing to Newhaven now approved by council members, it is thought that as many as 20 trams could be surplus to requirement.

The council had hoped that there would be a ready market for off-the-peg trams with rapid availability. So far one tram has been delivered to the city with the remainder currently in storage at CAF’s manufacturing plant in Spain.

A spokesman for the Edinburgh tram project said: “To date, we can confirm that the bid for leasing Edinburgh’s trams has not been accepted. Whilst we would not rule out exploring future opportunities to lease vehicles, we do look forward to achieving good use of the full fleet of trams on our own tram system.”

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