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Are trams the answer?


Further to your article on city centre road pricing (NCE 24 May), there is much debate at the Scottish Parliament over the proposed Edinburgh Tram Project which is currently estimated at £500M, of which £120M has already been spent.

The Scottish National Party wants to cancel this project while the majority want it to proceed. Indeed, various business interests have taken out an advertisement in The Scotsman newspaper, calling for the tram initiative to continue.

Edinburgh, of course, used to have a tram network which was abandoned in the late 1950s.

While much heat is being generated by the political debate, it would be helpful if NCE would write an article on the economic merits of such a tram system relative to possible alternative transport proposals for such a significant sum of money.

My understanding is that tram systems have now generally fallen out of favour in the UK and elsewhere.

Michael Morton, 31 Craigleith Drive, Edinburgh EH4 3JU

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