Trams dispute - no imminent resolution PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:08

The trams cash dispute is fast approaching the point at which the parties are contractually bound to appoint an adjudicator. Assertions by Council chiefs that the matter would be resolved timeously, now have a hollow ring as the prospect of a lengthy delay looms.

From the stv website:

Expert could be called in to settle tram dispute

Questions have also been asked of the Council as to the cost of the delays, and whether the project will be completed on time. Jenny Dawe has re-iterated that the Council expects the project to come in on-time and on-budget.  This despite David Mackay's previous statement that it is "inevitable" that costs will rise.

From The Herald:

Edinburgh Tram Project talks to be extended

which suggests that talks may continue over the weekend in an attempt to resolve the current dispute, before the adjudication process begins on Monday.

From the Edinburgh Evening News:

Trams cash row: 'The dispute has sparked a bitter war of words

The article raises the spectre of the Princes Street works not being complete in time for the Christmas season - the very situation which retailers wanted to avoid, and for which they were willing to agree to a complete closure of Princes Street for the duration of the works.