Edinburgh’s royal mess.

Updates on the Edinburgh tram row:

  • Scotsman reporter Brian Ferguson reports on lawmakers’ political infighting over the latest report. Opposition councillors continue to back the scheme, Ferguson reports, “but have demanded details of the new business case, including estimates for how much the first phase will cost, the number of passengers expected to use it and the impact on the bus firm’s profits.”
  • Bus drivers staged a protest outside the city chambers, citing concerns that merging Lothian Buses with the tram undertaking would put the bus system — and their jobs — in jeopardy. Hear from them in this 14 Oct. STV video clip, which also quotes Councillor Gordon Mackenzie attempting to allay such fears.
  • Read more about the drivers’ demonstration in this 15 Oct. Scotsman article, and also here, in which the union calls on Lothian Buses’ chairman to step down, alleging “a ‘massive conflict of interest’ because he holds the same role in the troubled tram company.”
  • On a lighter note, a man who “had been drinking when he decided to express his opinions” protested the tram project by lying down in the middle of Princes Street. He faces a £135 fine. 
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