Siemens group wins £44m Edinburgh Trams contract

Siemens Mobility, in a joint consortium with Bilfinger UK, has been awarded an 11-year contract extension for the maintenance of Edinburgh Trams infrastructure to 2035.

The £44 million contract extension covers 18.5 kilometres of track across the Edinburgh Trams network, including recent extensions.

This includes the continuous maintenance of the overhead contact line system, the track, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and signalling system of the Edinburgh Trams infrastructure network.

Siemens Mobility Joint CEO Sambit Banerjee said: “We have operated in close collaboration with Edinburgh Trams Ltd including the network extension, and we are delighted to be partnering with them for another eleven years.

“This is a real testament to the team who have worked so hard over the last 10 years to offer the best service to maintain the Tram infrastructure in Edinburgh.”

Edinburgh Trams MD Lea Harrison said: “For the past decade, we have worked closely with Siemens Mobility to deliver a world-class service to our growing number of customers.

“This continued partnership will be vital as we build on our undoubted success to date.”

The contract extension will continue to support around 22 jobs across Siemens Mobility in Edinburgh with some new roles, including additional technicians and apprenticeship roles expected to be created.

Siemens Mobility has been maintaining the tram infrastructure in Scotland’s capital since 2014 and played an instrumental role in the recently opened extension of the network to Newhaven, providing a tram service to the area for the first time in more than 65 years.

“As well as maintaining the infrastructure for Edinburgh Trams, Siemens Mobility has a wider presence in Scotland, employing more than 250 people,” said the firm.

“Its people are working in partnership as part of Scotland’s Railway to deliver the upgrade of signalling technology at places like Carstairs and used modular signalling to open the new Inverness Airport Railway Station, they also maintain ScotRail’s Class 380 trains which operate on routes from Ayrshire to Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.”