Capital tram project running two years behind schedule PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 06:53

Monthly tram project progress reports to Transport Scotland, obtained through Freedom of Information requests, have shown that public statements regarding the completion date and the state of the finances were markedly different from the actual state of affairs, as reported in The Herald on 7 September:

Capital tram project running two years behind schedule

Transport agency knew of contractors' cash demand 11 months before public

The first article points out that in March of this year Richard Jefrey had quoted a completion date of June 2012 - >tie's own website also quotes a 2012 completion date,  however the live programme currently shows an open-for-revenue service in March 2013. A spokesman for tie insisted yesterday that the completion estimate provided to Transport Scotland did not take account of the potential for a contractor to make up for lost time.

The article also discusses the suggestion that tie are endeavouring to reach an agreement with Bilfinger Berger to construct the line as far as York Place, with the remaining work through Leith to Newhaven to be undertaken by another contractor.  This option and issues surrounding funding are due to be presented to the council in October.

The second article reveals that Transport Scotland was told in April 2008 that tie was having to “rebuff” claims for more money by the consortium – even before the main construction contract was signed a month later.

Transport Scotland has re-iterated the stance that the government funding would be capped at £500m, with any costs over this having to be met by the City of Edinburgh Council. Malcolm Chisholm, Labour MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith has criticized the agency of 'washing its hands' of the issue.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 September 2010 07:34 )