Edinburgh tram project cost same as moon mission

Tramworks at Haymarket.   Picture: Ian Rutherford
Tramworks at Haymarket. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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EDINBURGH’S trams project is set to cost more than the space rocket used in the moon landing.

And space experts said if it was binned years ago then officials could already have put a Scot on Mars.

The Saturn V, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, cost $255m in 1968 – in today’s money this works out at $1.6bn or £1bn.

It was the rocket used in the Apollo 11 mission that allowed Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon in 1969.

It has emerged the trams project – already with an “astronomical” price-tag of £776m – will have a further £250m added to the bill in interest payments.

Edinburgh bosses suggested the comparison was unfair and said their focus was having the trams opening on time in summer 2014.