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More hold ups for Edinburgh Tram scheme

The troubled Edinburgh Tram scheme was heading towards adjudication this week unless a compromise deal could be reached by Friday.

The £500M tram scheme – already behind schedule – hit a further hitch on 20 February when contractors Bilfinger Berger, Siemens and Spanish track systems firm CAF failed to begin work at the same time as utility diversion work.

Scheme promoter Edinburgh Trams said the contractors wanted to impose “unacceptable conditions as a requirement to start work”.

A Bilfinger Berger spokesman responded by saying there were more than 100 unresolved issues. Negotiations between client Transport Initiatives Edinburgh and the contractors are ongoing but if Friday’s deadline is missed they will enter a 30 day period of adjudication. If no resolution is found after this period, then the case could head to court.

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