A work in progress, this timeline attempts to follow the ongoing twists and turns in the story of Edinburgh's moves to start a tram network in the city. It was initially produced for The Guardian's Edinburgh blog by journalist Sarah Hartley. www.foodiesarah.com
Created by sarahhartley on 07/06/2010
Last updated: 05/09/11 at 15:14
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Jo Caulfield: Lessons in Leith as tram project bafflesScotsmanUntil 1923 there was no tram service between Leith and Edinburgh. No change there then. At the boundary in Leith Walk it was necessary to change from a Leith tram (electrically powered) to an Edinburgh tram (cable hauled). Make your own joke. ...and more »
U-turn on Edinburgh tramLocal Government ChronicleEdinburgh City Council has agreed that its tram line will now go to St Andrews Square as originally planned. Advertise with LGC, local government's leading news and jobs brand, and reach an audience of senior local government professionals via a ...and more »
Rail.coTramForward welcomes Edinburgh's decision to take trams to St Andrew SquareRail.coTramForward has welcomed the decision of Edinburgh City Council to review its recent decision to terminate the Edinburgh Tram at Haymarket and to now re-extend and terminate the line at St Andrew Square (York Place). TramForward said that terminating ...Driven to distraction: behind the scenes of the latest tram fiascoHerald ScotlandTrams: Council leader Jenny Dawe calls extent of tram work 'a mistake'Scotsmanall 6 news articles »
SNP vows to take 'hands on' approach to get trams back on trackScotsmanTHE SNP has vowed to take a more "hands-on" approach to Edinburgh's troubled tram project after ditching its long-time opposition to the scheme to back a drastically curtailed initial line into the city centre. ...and more »
The GuardianEdinburgh's city-centre tram back on track – but costs may hit £1bnThe GuardianProposals for Edinburgh to have a tram network began in 2000, under the then Labour-run council. By 2008, the aspiration was to have a full network of at least three lines, taking the trams from Edinburgh airport some 11.5 miles away through the ...City chiefs 'won't ask for any more trams funding'ScotsmanCity centre 'may get trams by 2014'The Press AssociationTrams U-turn costs fearHerald ScotlandScottish Daily Record -STV Local -stv.tvall 442 news articles »
Edinburgh tram decision reversedNew Civil EngineerEdinburgh city councillors have voted to build the city's tram line to St Andew Square today, reversing last week's decision to only construct the tram as far as Haymarket. Not an ICE member or a New Civil Engineer subscriber? New Civil Engineer (NCE) ...and more »
Financial TimesTrams 'should reach city centre'The Press AssociationCouncillors in the Scottish capital are being asked to overturn their controversial decision to stop the tram line short of the city centre. Edinburgh City Council officials say the decision last week to take the line from the airport to Haymarket, ...U-turn expected over tram routeBBC NewsDecision day: Councillors to vote again on future of Edinburgh tramsstv.tvTram Lines: The lunatics have taken over the asylumSTV LocalThe Guardian -Scottish Daily Record -Herald Scotlandall 309 news articles »
The tram network just needs a driverScotsman... our largest city and the original choice of many for the Scottish Parliament building, Stirling, this complex project is being undertaken with minimal political fuss, and even less public attention. Another contrast - compare this to Edinburgh's trams.
STV LocalTram Lines: The Love of SolutionsSTV LocalSimilarly, when the Edinburgh Trams were first getting stuck in late 2008, I was reading a book about a very modest transport project in the city of Aalborg in Denmark by the planning academic Bent Flyvbjerg. Rationality and Power describes how a ...
Talk of the Town: City to play itself alongside JulietteScotsman... a controversial scheme to share back office functions among west coast councils, public sector union Unison welcomed the move, saying: "This plan was based on a poor business case and flawed assumption - it had Edinburgh trams written all over it. ...and more »
Capital blow from business rate revampHerald ScotlandTHE hopes of Edinburgh's bureaucrats that a new business rates regime could offer a way out of the Edinburgh trams crisis are well wide of the mark. The Scottish Government does plan to bring in a new rating system to give councils an incentive to ...
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Lesley Hinds, Labour Councillor and Jeremy Balfour, Tory Councillor formed an unlikely liaison, went for a ride on the tram project, and jumped off at Haymarket, to cries of disgust and derision from the people of Edinburgh. Gordon Mackenzie, LibDem Councillor, squeaks ineffectually on the sidelines. Lots of other people walk away with lots and lots of lovely money - our money ...
This was a Unionist party vanity project from the beginning, in conception when they were in power, and implementation when in opposition by collectively outvoting the minority SNP government in its first term. The project has subsequently descended into farce, but one that has wreaked untold damage on the economy and the image of the City of Edinburgh.
Scottish Government Cabinet meeting Q&A session held in Kirkcaldy on 28th August 2011. Clip on transport issues - Edinburgh trams debacle and the Forth Replacement Crossing. Courtesy of www.fifetoday.co.uk
Public ServiceScotland Doomed by Comic EconomicsBBC NewsThe rest of this assessment is dedicated to a wildly inaccurate recollection of the Holyrood building fiasco, linking it to the Edinburgh trams fiasco, praise for Scotland as a tourist destination, infuriation at the Edinburgh traffic during the ...Scotland to become 3rd world economyPress TVScotland's economic wellbeing loses paceCITY A.M.Bill Jamieson: This much-maligned city has done something rightScotsmanPublic Serviceall 8 news articles »
BBC NewsTrams inquiry 'on hold for now'BBC NewsFirst Minister Alex Salmond will order a public inquiry into the beleaguered Edinburgh trams project once there is "greater clarity" about its direction, his spokesman has said. Last week, councillors threw out a proposal to borrow an extra £231m to ...Salmond bides time on trams inquiryThe Press AssociationScottish News: Alex Salmond urged to step in to prevent Edinburgh tram project ...Scottish Daily RecordLesley Riddoch: Time to tackle this tram disgraceScotsmanCar Rentals -Herald Scotland -The Guardianall 268 news articles »
Kenny Farquharson: Salmond must put trams on right trackScotsmanThat's Edinburgh, I suppose – all fur coats and nae Molotov cocktails. But let's not underestimate the seriousness of the situation Scotland's capital – and Scotland itself – now finds itself in. Let us be clear: the Edinburgh trams project is not just ...Runaway trams another disgraceHerald Scotlandall 4 news articles »
A history of the Edinburgh Trams Fiasco circa 2010.
The Construction IndexTram bosses scour Europe to find new home for carriagesScotsmanCity chiefs have launched a desperate Europe-wide hunt to find a buyer for Edinburgh's unwanted trams. • Will this imaginary tram ever reach Edinburgh Park? Officials have already failed to lease ten of the project's £2 million tram ...Council plans to borrow for Edinburgh trams projectRegen.netTurner & Townsend called in to rescue Edinburgh tramThe Construction Indexall 11 news articles »
The stupendous LCD hosted me for a week in London and that included shooting me in front of this maaaagical wall. I've been trying to upload this video for two days but that's how long it took to travel from Edinburgh to here after airplane drama. The UK was amazing... everything was super old... it's like they give away castles in Edinburgh... London was all trams and lifts and aluminium hoops and fancy dress and actual gold coins. I didn't take enough video. Elsie helped massively. maaaagical wall. Here's my website: www.gravitydefiance.net but you should go here instead: www.contactjuggling.org or over here: www.ministryofmanipulation.com
BBC NewsUtility works could push capital tram project bill to £1bnHerald ScotlandTHE risks of the Edinburgh tram project costing even more than latest price tag of around £1 billion have been laid bare after the city council confirmed that there are still grave uncertainties around the utility works in the city ...Edinburgh Tram Project Could Cost £830 MillionSuite101.comCouncil to borrow £231m for Edinburgh trams projectBBC NewsEdinburgh tram budget poised to hit £1bn markstv.tvScotsman -The Caledonian Mercury -EdinburghGuide.com (blog)all 67 news articles »
EDINBURGH TRAMS counting on fair playEdinburghGuide.com (blog)Having identified the tram project as the single issue, which until satisfactorily resolved has the power to affect all other political issues in the City, John Carson has been telling potential voters he is the best person to produce change by dint of ...
BBC NewsCouncil to borrow £231m for Edinburgh trams projectBBC NewsEdinburgh City Council will have to borrow £231m to pay for the capital's controversial tram project. A report just published by the local authority warns repayments will cost £15.4ma year over the next 30 years. Added to the original £545m budget for ...New £90m black hole in tram budgetHerald ScotlandEdinburgh Tram Project Could Cost £830 MillionSuite101.comTram bosses 'inflated cost of scrapping beleaguered £1bn project'ScotsmanThe Caledonian Mercury -EdinburghGuide.com (blog) -Public Serviceall 67 news articles »
BBC NewsCouncil awaits by-election resultBBC NewsPolls have closed in a by-election which could alter the balance of power in Edinburgh city council. The contest in the city-centre ward was caused by an SNP councillor standing down. The future of the Edinburgh trams project was raised in the campaign ...Less Than A Quarter of Electorate Vote in Edinburgh By-electionEdinburghGuide.com (blog)SNP fends off challengersHerald ScotlandThe Edinburgh City Centre by-election - what have we learnt?STV LocalScotsman -stv.tv -Scottish Daily Recordall 23 news articles »
BBC NewsNew firm to manage trams projectBBC NewsEarlier this year it was revealed that scrapping the Edinburgh tram project would bring the total cost of the project to about £750m. It was also estimated that completing the line from Edinburgh Airport to Haymarket, west of the city centre, ...New firm to manage trams projectThe Press AssociationAll change on trams - 'Has radical surgery saved the project?'ScotsmanCity brings in private firm to take over tram projectEdinburgh Evening Newsall 41 news articles »
Stadler chosen to build new trams for CroydonTransport BriefingPlans to use Edinburgh's trams in Croydon have fallen through with Transport for London this week announcing it will instead buy... Why am I being asked to log in? Transport Briefing provides a high value, subscription-only service offering transport ...and more »
stv.tvCity Centre By-election Topics Dominated by Edinburgh TramsEdinburghGuide.com (blog)At both meetings there was strong condemnation of the way that the Council has handled the Edinburgh trams project and a degree of public anger not normally seen at public meetings. Everyone expressed their astonishment that the Council should be even ...City centre by-election: Polls open for crucial conteststv.tvall 3 news articles »
Rail.coTramForward welcomes cost advice from Minister ahead of Edinburgh Tram reviewRail.coTramForward has said it is 'encouraged' by UK Government Transport Minister Norman Baker's interview on BBC Radio 4's Face the Facts on 'Edinburgh's Trams Mind the Funding Gap' on Wednesday 10th August. Mr Baker referred to a review currently underway ...
Fresh blow for Edinburgh's trams as Croydon says no to leasing vehiclesScotland on SundayTHE Edinburgh trams project has been dealt a further blow after its directors failed in an attempt to raise vital funds by leasing out some of its redundant vehicles. Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie), the council-owned firm set up to deliver the ...Hopes of leasing city trams derailed as Croydon says noScotsmanEdinburgh Trams - Disaster follows disaster! Anyone for secondhand trams?EdinburghGuide.com (blog)all 13 news articles »
Princes Street before the damage.
Edinburgh Trams Continue their Unabated Waste of MoneyEdinburghGuide.com (blog)By actionman - Posted on 02 August 2011 It scarcely seems possible that at a time when the Edinburgh tram project is under such scrutiny for its profligate spending, that news emerges that the Council, and what remains of Transport Initiatives ...
Anger at Edinburgh tram project's £38m spend on 'line to nowhere'Herald ScotlandEDINBURGH's tram firm has spent another £38 million in the past two months without having the funding in place to complete the troubled project. Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (TIE) shelled out part of the extra cash on equipment for a section of the ...Edinburgh - to tram, or not to tram, that is the questionSummit County Citizens VoiceOutrage over 'waste' of cash on tram line that may never arriveScotsmanall 4 news articles »
We asked our 6 month old baby daughter Cara what she thought about the Edinburgh Tram Project. This was her response...
A group of tram enthusiasts and veterans from the days of Edinburgh's original tram network have visited the works and then been given a reception at the City's Council Chambers. Recorded before the decision to continue with the project, this reflects their desire to see a tram network completed in the City.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has been following the progress the Edinburgh Tram Project with close interest. For some time, its members have wanted to visit the site to see for themselves what work has so far been carried out. They're concerned at the impact of recent disputes and are keen to see these resolved. This was a report on their visit to the control centre at Gogar on the West of Edinburgh
Edinburgh's trams are over due and over budget by 3 years! Hopefully, I have got this description accurate enough so the council's Media Relations Manager won't join youtube just to shout at me - like Network Rail's did!
Community Council representative speaking at Edinburgh Council regarding Trams - 30 June 2011
(C) BBC "They've got a tram that moves" Kevin Bridges introduces Jason Byrne to Edinburgh Comedy fest.
An animation I made for class. Though i'd upload it for the a'viewers n such. Much of it is lazy! I KNOW!
Edinburgh today: LaterLeith, tram expenses and aliens in BroughtonThe GuardianThe cost of talks between both sides involved in the Edinburgh Tram project is revealed in this Evening News report. They say the full details of the expenses are still to come. Details of an exciting arts event in Leith have emerged on Facebook. ...
stv.tvEdinburgh evening round-up: The best Fix My Street report ever, tram progress ...stv.tvMeanwhile, on the City Cycling Edinburgh Forum, Chris Hill gives his first thoughts on a new iPhone App designed in Edinburgh. Read what he has to say about The SUSTRANS National Cycle Network App here. Edinburgh Trams have published photos on Facebook ...
John Carson and Gordon Mackenzie: Is it time to Ditch the trams?ScotsmanCllr Mackenzie and the other councillor directors of tram firm TIE have aided attempts to hide the truth about the Edinburgh tram contracts, yes contracts plural. It is not only the Infraco contract (covering the building of the tram route ...and more »
The GuardianOpinion: Edinburgh trams should be all or nothingThe GuardianI have in the past been critical of the way in which the Edinburgh Tram project has been run - from the cavalier attitude towards businesses and residents affected by the tram works, to the casual disregard of legal obligations incurred under the Act ...
For many decades until the 1990s, Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department, latterly Lothian Region Transport had a depot and workshop at Shrubhill, on the western side of Leith Walk, mid-way between Edinburgh and Leith. Recorded with a Panasonic SD60. Edited with Adobe Premiere CS5. Colour Graded with Magic Bullet Looks. Music is Lowercase Noises - Ambient Song featuring the El Capistan Sound On Sound looper
Our 2011 48hour film project film
The GuardianEdinburgh tram fans have their sayThe GuardianIn the space of a week Edinburgh's tram project has attracted a lot of negative headlines. It was announced on 11 May that Princes Street would need to be shut for 10 months and completely dug up for a second time. On Monday councillors began ...Richard Jeffrey quits as Edinburgh tram chief executiveBBC NewsTrams chief quits as city ponders future of projectHerald ScotlandTram project to lose its third chief executiveScotsmanBusiness7 -Brechin Advertiser -Edinburgh Evening Newsall 55 news articles »
The GuardianEdinburgh Trams supporters - speak up and have your sayThe GuardianIn light of bad press, scepticism and political doubt, it's easy to find people who are not in favour of the Edinburgh Tram project continuing. Just look at the strength of feeling in the comments section of this post from Monday. ...
www.edinburghcavalcade.com Title of Video: Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2009 Fringe Performers & Cast of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo The Fringe Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2009 hit parade sees performers from all the Edinburgh Festivals parade through the city in an annual free to view city parade procession at the beginning of August. Performers include acts from the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh along with marching bands from community groups and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The parade begins with over a hundred motorbikes from the Harley Davidson Group followed by the cast of the Edinburgh Tattoo and then participants and community groups such as dragon chinese sights from the the City and beyond around the globe which totals in three thousand people taking part as particpants. The Parade parades festivals usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month, but in 2009 was scheduled for Sunday 9 August. There was a question mark over whether the event will go ahead in 2009 as the Edinburgh Tram Project workers were laying tracks on Princes Street - a main part of the route - from February to November. However, the event relocated to Holyrood Park which worked better for viewing points and space to enjoy picnics and other games with families while performers parade the day. Holyrood Park Route: The new Edinburgh Festivals parade route begins at Holyrood Park Road where it makes it's way to the Meadowbank entrance; first leaving by the entrance to the ...
BBC NewsLabour: scrapping trams 'may damage Edinburgh's reputation even more'The GuardianThe report by Dave Anderson, director of city development, also outlines the environmental argument in favour of trams. He said: "The Edinburgh Tram project will make a positive environmental contribution to the city's future growth by mitigating the ...It may cost more to scrap tram project than finish itHerald ScotlandScottish News: Councillors to investigate cost of scrapping troubled Edinburgh ...Scottish Daily RecordEdinburgh trams: Cost of scrapping the project to be revealedstv.tvBBC News -Scotsman -Glasgow Evening Timesall 65 news articles »