Rail reality check

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While it is good to hear positive news about the tram project, ­Edinburgh council leaders are getting rather carried away when they claim that trams will be “running on the streets of ­Edinburgh within weeks” (your report, 6 November).

The test section of track ­between Gogar and the airport runs entirely through open countryside, many miles away from any Edinburgh streets.

The only street-running ­section of tram route will be from Haymarket to York Place in the city centre, and – judging by current progress – I suspect it will be well into the second half of 2013 before we see any trams venturing onto that section, for the first time since 1956.

Perhaps some tentative flag-waving will be appropriate on that occasion?

Robert Drysdale

Primrose Bank Road