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Edinburgh tram decision reversed

Edinburgh city councillors have voted to build the city’s tram line to St Andew Square today, reversing last week’s decision to only construct the tram as far as Haymarket.

Councillors reversed their decision following after Transport Scotland’s said it would withhold £72M from the scheme if it did not reach the city centre.

However, the council will still need to find another £230M to complete the scheme to the city centre.

The decision to terminate the tram at Haymarket prompted Lord Provost’s action to discuss funding and force a special meeting at the council.

Readers' comments (5)

  • David Williams

    Thank goodness, this project will enhance the infrastructure of Edinburgh - unlike Weymouth which has committed itself private cars for the forseeable future.

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  • If it was not going to be built from the Airport to St. Andrews Square, would that have meant that the works on Princes Street would have just lain there unused?

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  • This whole project is yet another public sector procurement shambles of gigantic proportions. It just shows what happens when there are taxes and debt to call upon whilst still remaining in business. Our country can no longer afford the HORRENDOUS WASTE and inefficiencies heaped upon us by these incompetent, incapable authorities.
    Jim Barrack

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  • It will run from near the airport terminal, a shuttle bus will be necessary, to within 200m of the railway station through areas which are unlikely to use the system.
    Badly thought out, badly planned, badly controlled. Not an engineering success but an academic failure.

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  • If it was not going to be built from the Airport to St. Andrews Square, would that have meant that the works on Princes Street would have just lain there unused?

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