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Football Legend Celebrates Tram Mock-up's Extra Time

posted 16 Mar 2009, 02:50 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Mar 2009, 02:51 ]

The tram mock-up situated outside Jenners on Princes Street in Edinburgh has been so popular that it will now stay on public display for another few weeks. By the end of this week an estimated 45,000 visitors will have jumped on board a life sized mock-up of the Edinburgh Tram.

Ex Hearts player and Scottish International and supporter of the tram project John Robertson will join school children from Dalry Primary and Councillor Phil Wheeler, Convener of the Transport Committee for a photo call tomorrow (Friday, 13 March) at 11am to celebrate its extended stay. John Robertson will also be available at the mock-up for autographs between 11am-12 noon.

John Robertson said: "I come from Edinburgh but travel a lot. My experience in other cities that have trams such as Dublin and Nottingham is that they move a lot of people around very quickly and efficiently. Trams will greatly improve Edinburgh's transport system and will be a terrific addition to what is already a fantastic city."

Cllr Phil Wheeler, Convener for the Transport Committee, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "There are so many people flooding through the doors of the mock-up every day that we need to keep it open for longer. This is extremely encouraging and I am delighted that so many people are taking an interest in the tram project. The feedback from the public has been very positive so far and the staff on the tram are doing a great job educating visitors on Edinburgh's new integrated, environmentally friendly transport system."

David Mackay, Chairman, tie Limited, said: "The rocketing attendance at the tram mock up really sends out a positive message to those that would have us believe that nobody wants this project.I also think it's fantastic that such a famous Scottish footballer, steeped in the Edinburgh community, has joined us to lend his weight behind the project."

The opening hours for the tram mock-up from Monday 16 March will be 11.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday and Sundays) and 11-5 on Saturdays.

Notes to Editors

As well as giving visitors a sneak preview of what Edinburgh's trams will look like on the streets in 2011, the model has also been used to carry out important engineering and safety checks.

Leading Spanish company CAF is building Edinburgh's 27 tram vehicles. They are best known in the UK for the Heathrow Express. They also recently supplied trams to the World Heritage city, Seville.

At over 40m long, Edinburgh's fully accessible trams will be the biggest in the UK, carrying up to 250 passengers at a time. They will also have a timeless and attractive appearance, complementing the heritage of the city.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council