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OFFICIALS in charge of Edinburgh's tram project have been accused of "inflating" the costs of cancellation after it emerged £80 million has been chopped off the latest estimate in the space of two months.
DRIVERS in Edinburgh's west end face months of disruption from later this month under plans for the next phase of tram line building in the city.
IN THE Biblical miracle, a crowd of 5,000 was fed on five loaves and two fishes. Edinburgh city council is confident it can pull off a similar feat in the realm of local government finance. It intends to complete the tram project to St Andrew Square, borrow £200 million to help meet the increase in the final cost - and all this without cutting services.
THE Edinburgh trams project has been dealt a further blow after its directors failed in an attempt to raise vital funds by leasing out some of its redundant vehicles.
THE Capital's SNP councillors have been accused of acting like "Pontius Pilate" after refusing to sit on a body set up to oversee the tram project.
CRITICS are demanding to know who sanctioned the decision to "waste" nearly £40 million more on Edinburgh's beleaguered trams project.
UNION leaders have issued a "hands off" warning amid fears Lothian Buses could be sold to help tram bosses plug a £170 million funding gap.
I promised myself I would not write about the trams this week - or any other calamity that Edinburgh council has landed the city with. And I was sure that readers would want something different from News of the World, Murdoch, Coulson, Brooks and decidedly dodgy politicians trying to find the moral high ground in a cesspit of corruption, crime and sleaze they helped make.
A MEDIATOR brought in to help broker a peace deal between the constructors of Edinburgh's troubled trams project and the council was paid £3,000 a day, it has been revealed.
Tram work on Edinburgh's main shopping thoroughfare will again be halted throughout December after a deal was struck to ensure that works do not impact on festive trade or the Hogmanay street party.
THE Capital faces fresh tram misery after it emerged that yet more work is needed to move underground pipes and cables in the city centre.
THE Capital's tram project could worsen air pollution in some areas of the city by encouraging lorries and trucks on to Edinburgh's roads, a senior council official has admitted.
TRANSPORT Initiatives Edinburgh, the firm set up to deliver the capital's over-budget and overdue tram project, has spent more than £900,000 on a string of public relations in the past three years, it has emerged.
LAWYERS and PR firms have continued to pocket millions from the Capital's tram project as it has lurched from crisis to crisis, it has emerged.
IT'S been a while, but signs of progress on the tram project were clearly visible at Haymarket yesterday.
EDINBURGH council chiefs have claimed that finance from overseas firms could be a possible "funding avenue" for completing the route of the Scottish capital's troubled trams project.
I HAVE spent nearly 30 years dealing with infrastructure projects and finance around the world, including tram and railway projects. From this experience, I would observe that the costings presented by City of Edinburgh Council (your report, 23 June) for resolving the tram fiasco make no sense.
THE troubled tram project will be completed from Edinburgh Airport to St Andrew Square – if city chiefs can address a funding gap of up to £228 million within two months.