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Just another Edinburgh knocking story?

on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:53

The first step to putting something right is recognising something is wrong.

This somewhat depressing story falls into that category and although a rather bleak assessment hopefully it marks at least the beginning of a change in attitude at the top.

WE need to see an end to head in the sand, rah-rah tub thumping with spin and hope taking the place of substance and planning.

Border Railway v Edinburgh Tram

on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 12:07

This article is about the Borders Railway but the light it shines on the Tram project is helpful in isolating the key argument we have with our city 'railway' project.

In the comments one person, Pedro de Orgiva,  made a very good point (at least it seemed okay to me) in the context of criticism that it may cost more than expected to build 

Knit wits target tram

on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 19:41

The 'Yarn bombers' have struck the Edeinburgh Tram.

Wooly minded 'Knit wits' sent a crocheted message to Edinburgh Tram bosses by hanging a knitted protest banner on tramworks in the City.

The message, reported here by local news agency Deadline News, spells out what many in the City still feel about the project despite the current attempts by the administration to put it all behind them and move on.


Comment is free..but not much else is...

on Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:54

Like an army of oocupation the Council continue to bear down on their own citizenry.

Is there anything wrong with bus lanes? Not at all, and nor is there anything wrong with enforcing laws and traffic regulations.

But 10,000 people caught in a 10 week period ought to drive some debate about whether the people of Edinburgh realloy are so rich they flout the law even when they know capture (at least for the law breakers who correctly insure and register their vehicles) is inevitable, and conviction automatic.

U turn or no U turn there's no way TO turn

on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:21

The Edinburgh tram project and it's effect on people's lives in their homes is the upfront story but not the real story.

The fact is that making the city centre and the city as whole liveable, walkable, bicyclable is a worthwhile goal.more than that, it is admirable, praiseworthy and fine in all aspects

Best article ever in the Scotsman about the tram....well, probably

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 11:10

This has to be the best article about the tram and it's REAL costs...ever(!!!) in the Scotsman.

It explains precisely why the real cost isn't just the £1 Billion plus in capital and interest charges.

The real cost is the loss of opportunity to be able to give Edinburgh a properly integrated, properly 21st Century transport system.

The Three Wise Monkeys

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:20

This article in the Sunday Herald's Business section ponders whether Transport Scotland are to blame for lax supervison of the building works (and failing to spot that nothing was happening while the money mountain was disappearing)---or  whether CEC and/or TIE Ltd are to blame for not reporting that the money was disappearing but no tram system appearing.

New Tram Tsar's job application

on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:45

The job application for Edinburgh's potential new tram tsar Aldo Broon has emerged on another website blog .

 Mr Broon appears motivated completely by the size of the salary, and also anticipates the possible severance deal, rather than old fashioned ideas about doing what is best for the city or the people in it and so seems completely suited to running the project as it now stands.