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Edinburgh tram work to restart after contractual dispute resolved

A resolution has been reached in the dispute that had temporarily halted the start of tram infrastructure work on the Princes Street section of the Edinburgh Tram Project.

City of Edinburgh Council, project sponsor tie Limited and the InfraCo consortium of Bilfinger Berger, Siemens and CAF all said they were satisfied with the outcome of urgent talks and that full works will begin next week.

Jenny Dawe, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I am delighted with this outcome and eagerly look forward with anticipation to the first sections of track being laid on Princes Street.”

“The last month has been a frustrating period for everyone involved, not least the people of Edinburgh, and it’s great news that the consortium and tie Limited have finally been able to resolve the outstanding issues.”

“Everyone concerned is now focused on delivering a world-class tram service to the people of Edinburgh and the millions of visitors who visit our capital city.”

“I would like to thank the people and businesses of Edinburgh for their overwhelming support and incredible patience over the past month.”

A spokesman for the BSC Consortium said: “We are pleased that agreement for Princes Street has been reached and look forward to progressing the works in a spirit of cooperation”.

David Mackay, Chairman of tie Limited, said: “I welcome today’s decision to proceed with the Princes Street section and I have very much appreciated the full support of Council Leader Jenny Dawe on behalf of CEC.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • 'It's unbelievable that in the depths of a recession we have a government that would put at risk £1 billion of investment in a suburban town centre,' said council leader Edward Lister

    Why? Should anything now be allowed simply bcause it's a recession? Has the law and planning policy been altered? I don't think so. Developers' PR drivel as repeated by a slighted council leader!

    It looks grim to me, and clearly to a number of others. Otherwise why would there be a call-in?

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