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Edinburgh Tram Project Update

posted 27 Apr 2009, 02:25 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 27 Apr 2009, 02:26 ]

Edinburgh's tram system, from the airport to the Waterfront, is progressing well and will be delivered within the overall agreed funding envelope of £545m. The update on the project is contained within a report published by the City of Edinburgh Council today (Friday 24 April).

The report also recommends that, due to the economic downturn and funding constraints, the tram link from Haymarket to Granton (known as 1b) should be postponed in the meantime. The report will be discussed by Councillors at a meeting of the Full Council next Thursday (30 April).

The tram progress report also includes updates on the success of the Princes Street traffic management, the outcome of the recent dispute with the infrastructure contractor BSC and how the strong relationship between the Council and tie is providing the robust governance required to deliver this complex project.

A more detailed position on the programme will be available in coming months. The updated business plan still reflects a very robust business case over the long term for the overall project, despite the economic downturn.

The report also recommends that discussions on an updated feasibility study for a tram line serving south-east Edinburgh are carried out. This reflects the Council's ambitions for the tram network to expand in future. This line would provide a key link to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the burgeoning BioQuarter.

Council Leader Jenny Dawe, said: "Trams are vital in creating a modern, successful Edinburgh. Connecting the airport, West Edinburgh, the financial district, the city centre and the Waterfront will promote Edinburgh's continued economic prosperity. I am pleased that this route is progressing well.

"It is disappointing that in the current recession monies are not available to fund Line 1b. We will revisit this as soon as economic conditions improve. Experience elsewhere also suggests that, once operating, trams prove immensely popular with residents and businesses and create real demand for expansion. I am confident that this route will be the first of a world-class integrated public transport network for Edinburgh, including Line 1b and Line 3 to Little France."

David Mackay, Chairman of tie Limited, said: "The global economic recession has not spared Edinburgh and as such I believe that it is prudent to postpone Line 1b until such times that the climate for development is far more favourable.

"Our focus in the meantime is the delivery of Line 1a and the creation of a world-class integrated public transport network for the people of Edinburgh."

The report can be found at the following link:

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council