I have not been following the twists and turns of Edinburgh’s long-suffering tram project as diligently as I probably should have. Today seems to be a red letter day, however.
In the wee hours of this morning, “Edinburgh council confirmed it had signed a new deal with its main trams contractor, the German engineering firm Bilfinger Berger, to complete the shortened tramline into the city centre,” according to a Guardian report. As the paper aptly put it, the news comes “after months of U-turns, delays, splits and disputes.”
This BBC report summarises the situation by saying that “ministers agreed to reinstate £72m of funding they had earlier withheld,” and that the project is “due for completion by summer 2014, at a cost of £776m.” Said Sue Bruce, Edinburgh City Council’s chief executive: “the real work begins now on getting the line finished and the trams running.”
And that is why my blog post ends with a question mark. Best of luck, Edinburgh.
For more on today’s news, see:
- The Scotsman: “New deal agreed with Edinburgh tram contractor.”
- Public Finance: “Scots ministers take charge of Edinburgh tram project.”
- The Construction Index: “Edinburgh tram work restarts under government supervision.”
- Railnews.co.uk: “Tram project moves ahead after government intervenes.”