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Lord Provost to question funding for shorter Edinburgh tram

Lord Provost George Grubb has called for a special meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council to review its decision last week to truncate the tram project, in place of the council’s earlier plan to go ahead with a slightly longer route.

The meeting on the morning of Friday 2 September will focus on funding arrangements for the twice-truncated Edinburgh Tram Project, now proposed to go from Edinburgh airport to Haymarket — well short of its original Newhaven destination.

Discussions on Friday will try to establish funding for the short route to Haymarket, after £200M extra funding for a slightly longer route to St Andrew Square — which was settled upon by the council in June but would still have been shorter than the original route to Newhaven — could not be secured.

The council last week overturned its June decision to go for the shortened route to St Andrew Square, prompting the Lord Provost’s action to discuss funding. The Council is currently legally committed to a contract to build the tram line to Newhaven, but costs have spiralled and there has been a major dispute with those delivering the scheme, Bilfinger Berger UK (Civil) and Siemens.

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