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Turner & Townsend to manage Edinburgh Tram

Turner & Townsend has been brought in to take over management of the beleaguered Edinburgh Tram line from Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie).

Turner & Townsend director Neil McCowan said the company was glad to have been brought on board to help support the council with the project. “We’ll bring an unrivalled level of experience and skill to the table, which we’ll use to help ensure the project is delivered in the most cost efficient manner possible,” he said.

“Turner & Townsend has already worked on successful light rail schemes in Croydon, Dublin and Nottingham. Each was challenging in its own way, but each time we adapted our approach to ensure best value.”

Edinburgh’s tram works, costing £545M, have been plagued by delays, overspend and a dispute between contractors Bilfinger Berger and Tie. It is the fourth-largest public capital project in Scotland, after the new Forth bridge, the South Glasgow Hospital and the M74 extension.

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