Stone Age trams

EDINBURGH has a long way to go, if it is to modernise its transport network and dispense with the ghastly polluting buses, and catch up with the rest of Europe in the 21st century.

I recently saw a plan of the tram network in Basel, Switzerland, which is a relatively simple example compared with other big Continental cities, such as Milan, Turin, Prague, etc.

The Basel network boosts 13 lines covering a distance of more than 40 miles, run by two operators under an integrated fare structure, and hundreds of services throughout the city, including an international service runing to Germany.

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The tram was instigated in Basel way back in 1895.

In comparison, the residents of Scotland’s capital are still living in the Stone Age.

Alastair Maxwell-Irving