Supporters of the trams talk about a network. Opponents talk about a tram line. Opponents often get confused because it is not being built all at once. There is another post about the reason for that…….
So let’s look at the facts:
There is parliamentary approval (planning permission if you like) for TWO tram lines.
- Tram line 1 will go from Ocean Terminal to the airport, via Leith Walk, St Andrew Square, Princes Street, Haymarket, Murrayfield, the Gyle, Edinburgh Park and Ingilston park and ride.
- Tram line 2 is a circular route going via Haymarket, Granton, Newhaven, Ocean Terminal, Leith Walk, St Andrew Square, Princes Street and back to Haymarket.
There was to be a third tram line, going from Waverley Station southwards to the Royal Infirmary and beyond. This began passage through parliament, but was shelved after the referendum on congestion charging, as this tram line was to be entirely funded by the revenue from charging.
This is the map of the planned tram network:
This looks very much like a network to me! It is not being built all at once, just as Rome was not built in a day.
If your sole objection to the trams is that is not a “network”, then why not campaign for the SNP to fully fund it? There are plenty of other transport projects they have inherited where the costs really are “out of control” (M74 for example) that that could cancel and divert the money from.