Questions for Edinburgh Trams inquiry to investigatePublished 13 July 2015 by Colin Howden
Transform Scotland has submitted its evidence to the Edinburgh Trams inquiry, asking it to investigate the following issues:
1. Why did the Government withdraw Transport Scotland from this major project of international significance?
2. Why was the funding for this major public transport project so rigidly capped by the Government, no matter what adverse circumstances might arise?
3. What was the purpose of this financial constraint, which seems to be unique, when so many road schemes have been allowed to over-run their initial budgets very considerably (e.g. the M74 Northern Extension and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route)?
4. Did The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (TIE) have the appropriate skill sets to manage a project of this scale?
5. Was the correct relationship established between CEC and TIE?
6. Did the contractors take advantage of the situation that arose in Edinburgh?
7.To provide a valid account of the cost of building the tram infrastructure, in terms of a significant long- term investment, the estimated costs of replacing the utility services, and the costs of the consequent delays, should be subtracted, as being a separate utility responsibility that had long been neglected. To what extent were difficulties and additional costs in replacing utility services responsible for the protracted dispute between the Council and the Contractor?
Transform Scotland has of course been a long-standing proponent of the reintroduction of trams in Edinburgh. For the full story see this page.