Vote to be held on Tram extension

Edinburgh councillors will vote tomorrow (Thursday) on whether to extend Edinburgh’s current tram network to Leith and Newhaven.

Despite  work on the original tramlines concluding only two years ago, Labour are believed to be strongly in favour of the controversial plans which would cost a further £162 million and have an estimated completion date in 2021.

The plans also have the backing of Scottish business and transport leaders with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Transform Scotland both releasing statements in favour of the work.

A spokesman for Transform Scotland said:

“Now is the time to take the next step towards a comprehensive network by extending the line to Newhaven and so joining up development in Leith and Newhaven with the developments at the St James Quarter, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Airport. This will send positive signals that Edinburgh is following the worldwide trend of developing sustainable transport infrastructure and intends to keep pace with its competitor cities across the Continent.”

The SNP are believed to be strongly against the extension plans which would cause further disruption to local businesses in the capital.

The difference in stance between the two parties is threatening to jeopardise the current coalition with 18 months still left before the next council elections.

The trams have come under extreme scrutiny following failures of the initial project which lasted for six years and came in well over budget, leading to an inquiry being launched.trams

Photo courtesy of Craig Murphy /Flickr

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