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Cracking on - or cracking up

You couldn't make this up, could you?  An article in the Herald reveals the concrete in the tram rail bed is cracking up after early test runs.

Glamour and envy

on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:30

The recent article in which Edinburgh's trams were painted as 'The Envy of Europe' because of the glamour of the stretch from the Airport to York Place is instructive -- in respect of the bancruptcy of ideas for an administration and 'tramstablishment' increasingly desperate to find any justification for their scheme from a rapidly diminishing range of possibilities.

When The facts change I change my mind, what do you do?

The quote in the title, from JM Keynes, gets to the heart of the problem that continues to cause havoc in Edinburgh.

Here, in Liverpool, this report shows the council prepared to look at anything that might help their city, and the people who live and work in it.

The point is not that because Liverpool is proposing closing down all it's bus lanes ,so should Edinburgh.  Conditions are different in different cities.

Here we go again!

A few days ago Sir Donald Mackay used the pages of the Scotsman newspaper to give us all the benefit of his thoughts on the tram project and the chances, as he sees it, of 'pushing on' with the project.

Reading it one feels almost trapped in the early years of this century, listening to the same over confident assertions and out dated ideas, riddled with complacency,  showing no evidence of having learned any  lessons from the past catastrophic decade.

Now we are getting somewhere

For casual onlookers to the ongoing disaster that is the Edinburgh Tram project it can often seem impossible to work out how such a thing could ever happen.

In many ways this article on the BBC website addresses an issue in respect of the national government that lies at the heart of the multiple 'system failures' in Edinburgh.

When one makes bad decisions then bad things happen

This article on 21st of June (BBC website) headlined Edinburgh trams expected to run at operating loss,  (something which careful readers will recall being for over 3 years by people behind this site)

This article less than a week later (same website) headlined Edinburgh Trams: Tax Break hopes for project.

Dispelling the smoke and mirrors-- to get at the facts and figures

Long standing critic of the tram project management and finances John Carson has set out yet more worrying facts in a letter to the Scotsman newspaper today (June 24th 2013) showing how the already enormous financial black hole into which the city has been plunged may not even be the final word.

Mr Carson has not only been a consistent critic of the project but has been proved consistently right.

It isn't HOW they say what they say that's important... it's WHAT they actually said that matters

on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 19:48

It's sometimes worth looking back to see what people said back in the old days,as here in 2003 by a chap called Andrew Burns, confident that Edinburgh wouldn't make the same mistakes as all those  other places had made building a tram --- Or here by a Gordon Mackenzie in 2010 strenuously denying...well, some far fetched story that the tram may not get to Leith...AS IF?!?

No problems, no worries, no matter

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 08:38

These sorts of thing (The reported about-turn on the one way Loop(y) plan for public transport around George Street/Princes Street) are what happen when warnings are ignored, and consequently disasters turn into crises and then to catastrophes.

TWO studies, ONE Fib

The NHS Review already a year old, of the issue of deaths from air pollution  (they are not focussing on the illnesses -- for a reference to a more recent study on illnesses caused, and in particular Childhood asthma from this year see here), perhaps the biggest 'lie' that the Council are happy to see broadcast about the tram project is the one that says t

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