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Transport Scotland to oversee completion of Edinburgh Tram project

Transport Scotland has today announced it will help oversee the final delivery of the Edinburgh trams project.

Minister for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil announced project managers from Transport Scotland will have senior roles in the new governance structure.

He also confirmed that the remaining £72M Scottish Government grant will be reinstated to the project now that the route to St Andrews Square has been similarly reinstated.

Transport Scotland stepped away from the scheme following the 2007 Scottish elections which saw the Scottish National Party seize power. It has stepped back into the project following Edinburgh City Council’s decision last week to take out a £231M loan to fund construction of the line to St Andrew’s Square in the city centre. The council had planned to end the scheme at Haymarket.

Today’s announcement builds on Transport Scotland’s involvement with Edinburgh City Council in mediation discussions with its contractors Bilfinger Berger and systems firm Siemens which is due today.

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