|Fears capital's tram project could run off the rails|
|Friday, 08 May 2009 11:22|
Utility diversions will not be completed before the end of June, with some sections running 9 months behind schedule, and others only 40% complete leading to potential costs of £50m-£80m as reported in The Herald on 8 May:
SNP MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville who obtained the figures under a Freedom of Information request expressed strong reservations about the state of the finances given the extent of the delays: tie however have stated that there will be no cost implications.
The final business case for the tram project acknowledged that delays in handover of sites following utility diversions could result in significant financial penalties.
Phil Wheeler, the council's transport convenor was quoted as saying that he was confident that the tram project would be completed successfully - a singularly pointless statement as it gives no reassurance that this will be done on-time and on-budget.