There will be no more government cash for the troubled Edinburgh trams project, Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has said.
He claimed the Holyrood government, which has already poured £500M into the scheme, would not offer further funding even if the project needed to be rescued.
Swinney said: “I’ll contribute the finances the government has said it will contribute, not a penny more, absolutely not a penny more, not even to rescue it.
“It’s costing £500M, there’s a lot of houses we could have built for £500M, a lot of schools, a lot of transport connections.”
He added that the project will see a “profitable and successful” bus route replaced with a tram line at a projected cost of £545M.
The bus route runs from the west of Edinburgh to Leith.
He said: “I didn’t think that was a good use of public money. I went to Parliament and I said I didn’t think it was a good use of public money and Parliament voted against me.”
Swinney added that in 2007 he had revealed his position on funding for the project.
He recalled: “I said ‘don’t come knocking on my door for any more money’. I was crystal clear that was my position then and it remains my position now.”