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Princes Street tram works back on track

posted 23 Mar 2009, 05:34 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 23 Mar 2009, 05:35 ]

A resolution has been reached in the dispute that has temporarily halted the commencement of tram infrastructure work on the Princes Street section of the Edinburgh Tram Project.

All the parties involved in the contract, the City of Edinburgh Council, tie Limited and the InfraCo consortium, (Bilfinger Berger, Siemens and CAF), are satisfied with this outcome and can confirm that full works will begin next week.

Jenny Dawe, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I am delighted with this outcome and eagerly look forward with anticipation to the first sections of track being laid on Princes Street."

"The last month has been a frustrating period for everyone involved, not least the people of Edinburgh, and it's great news that the consortium and tie Limited have finally been able to resolve the outstanding issues."

"Everyone concerned is now focused on delivering a world-class tram service to the people of Edinburgh and the millions of visitors who visit our capital city."

"I would like to thank the people and businesses of Edinburgh for their overwhelming support and incredible patience over the past month."

A spokesman for the BSC Consortium said: "We are pleased that agreement for Princes Street has been reached and look forward to progressing the works in a spirit of cooperation".

David Mackay, Chairman of tie Limited, said: "I welcome today's decision to proceed with the Princes Street section and I have very much appreciated the full support of Council Leader Jenny Dawe on behalf of CEC."

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council