Lib Dems welcome business case for trams scheme
THE city's Liberal Democrat group has welcomed the business case for Edinburgh's tram network, which claims the scheme will deliver hundreds of millions of pounds in benefits.
The report by TIE - the company set up by the council to deliver the trams - revealed last week there is enough money in place to build the main Leith to Edinburgh Airport line, and may be enough left over to complete a spur route to the Granton Waterfront development.
But more importantly, the report also predicted the service would be in profit within two years of its 2010 start date.
The business case, compiled by leading transport consultants Steer, Davies and Gleave, has been presented to the city council and Scottish ministers. Lib Dem transport spokesman Councillor Phil Wheeler, said: "I remain convinced that the addition of a tram system to Edinburgh's transport options will, as in Dublin and other cities with modern trams, make a significant difference to the prosperity and appearance of our city.
"The fact that the trams will be integrated with the success story that is Lothian Buses gives them an added boost."
Lib Dem leader Jenny Dawe added: "We have long pursued the case for Edinburgh to have better public transport, particularly trams. It is very exciting to learn that the draft business case looks healthy, and able to deliver an initial tramline within budget."
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