In 2004, whilst the debate about Edinburgh tram rumbled on, the council commissioned a series of priority measures between the city and Edinburgh Park. Included in this work was a 1.5km section of guided busway on the proposed route, offering the benefits of the tram network to thousands of travellers years ahead of the inevitable opening of the tram.
Edinburgh Fastlink closed in 2009 after four years to enable construction of the tram route.
This scheme demonstrates how bus priority can be easily created on potential tram routes. It can provide a strong indicator of demand for any business cases and sets out the new corridor before trams arrive.