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Edinburgh Tram Project Is An Affront To Democracy: 16 LibDem Votes Win The Day

by | 2nd, July 2011

THE plans to build a tram network in Edinburgh are a joke. Anorak has been following the story . Richard North has the latest news:

After a heated five hour debate, the  final decision on the future of the  tram project , to pursue a line to St Andew Square, was made on the basis of just sixteen Lib-Dim votes a party which picked up just 627 votes in the  Inverclyde by-election , with the candidate losing his deposit.

Furthermore, the “debate” was conducted without  final details of a contract settlement being publicly known. With interest, the local authority will end up shelling a total of £420 million more of taxpayers’ money, if it opts to repay the amount at £14 million a year over 30 years.

This brings the total cost of the new  truncated scheme to a least £920 million (the details are very hazy about interest payments on the core £500 million). The 8.5 mile airport-St Andrew Square section of the line will this come in a £1,700 an inch. At least this is slightly less than the M74 extension, although cost per traveller mile is probably greater.

The point, though, is

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