Plans for Edinburgh’s tram scheme were plunged into uncertainty yet again as its organisers admitted they didn’t know how much it would cost and that the tram route would be shorter than originally planned.
The Scotsman reports the city council has admitted that the revised route will terminate at St Andrew Square but it or its under-fire tram company are unable to calculate how much this scaled-back route will cost as a dispute with the German construction firm hired to build the network rages on.
Despite this latest setback, a report compiled by city development director Dave Anderson and finance chief Donald McGougan remained surprisingly upbeat.
It said: “Incremental delivery would allow the whole of phase one-a to be delivered in stages and over a flexible timescale under the council’s control.
“The council could then ensure that the infrastructure being delivered, at any point in time, is matched with available funding. A tram operating from the airport to St Andrew Square would also secure a high proportion of the economic benefits anticipated in the final business case and is capable of being successfully integrated with Lothian Buses’ operations.”
But it also indicated that full regeneration of the waterfront is not expected to be complete until 2031 due to the current difficult economic climate, with the next five years expected to see a “period of very slow development”.