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Summer washout may cost Scottish economy million

THE summer washout is set to cost the Scottish economy tens of millions of pounds, experts claimed today as forecasters warned of more heavy rain and possible flooding this weekend.

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Tram costs hit £600m with two years to go

MORE than £150 million has been spent on Edinburgh’s troubled trams scheme in the last 12 months, bringing the price to almost £600m and raising concern the total cost of the scheme could exceed its latest budget.

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Extra parking denied in airport expansion

AIRPORT chiefs have been refused permission to create thousands of extra car parking spaces to cope with a huge rise in passenger numbers.

Depot switch better late than never

EDINBURGH’S trams project finally reached a milestone with the official handover of the Gogar depot to the city council – almost a year late.

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Motorists facing Old Town ban under latest city plans

All traffic would be banned from one of the Old Town’s busiest streets under plans that have been branded as “horrendous” by motorists.

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First trams roll in 52 days... but they’ll only go 470 metres

It is the moment that has, at times, seemed like it would never happen.

On December 2, new moving trams will be seen on Edinburgh’s streets – nearly a decade after the ambitious plans for a series of tram lines were first mooted.

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Parties ‘must come together’ to complete trams

Those involved in Edinburgh’s trams project must “join together for the sake of the city” and ensure it is delivered, the council’s deputy leader said today.

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Trams councillor: I was out of my depth

THE politician at the centre of Edinburgh’s tram fiasco has admitted that he and his colleagues were out of their depth and failed to oversee the project properly.

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They’ve chosen wrong route for trams, claims professor

EDINBURGH chose the wrong tram line to build first, one of Scotland’s most influential transport academics will argue today.

Swinney: ‘I was misled. Tie told me absolute rubbish’

Finance secretary John Swinney has said he was “fundamentally misled” by the publicly owned company that was set up to deliver the trams project.

Profile: Academic who advised government on transport policy

PROFESSOR Iain Docherty was a non-executive director of the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency from 2006 until last year.

Hopes of leasing city trams derailed as Croydon says no

TRAM bosses have been hit by a fresh blow after failing in a bid to raise vital funds for the beleaguered project by leasing some of their redundant vehicles.

Tories refuse seat on tram committee

TORY councillors have become the latest to say they will not sit on a committee set up to oversee the tram project.

Tram chief's pay-off kept secret until next year

THE details of money paid to the former chief executive of the tram project will not be published until next year, it has emerged.

Transport bosses put off free tram travel decision

TRANSPORT bosses have still not decided whether passengers over the age of 60 will be able to travel on the Capital's trams free of charge.

Top tram boss quits project

THE man who has led the city's embattled tram project since it first began has dramatically quit ahead of a major shake-up of the scheme.

Clarity plea over cost of axing trams

TRAM bosses have been urged to "come clean" over how they arrived at the cost of cancelling the project.

Trams 'may worsen air quality in Capital'

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.

Stop the tram, we want to get off, say TIE staff

ALMOST the entire workforce at the city's beleaguered tram firm are said to have applied for voluntary redundancy amid fears over the company's future.

Chris Marshall: Council hunts for cash in the attic to bridge trams funding gap

As the council looks to bridge a £170m funding gap for the trams, Chris Marshall sizes up the prime assets at its disposal

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