World class trams for Edinburgh as project is given the green light

7 December 2007  •  Author(s): Willie Gallagher, Executive Chairman, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie)

In a recent television poll, Edinburgh came out top of the list as the best place to live in Britain. Its combination of beautiful buildings and gardens, affluence, services, crime rates and culture put the judges in no doubt that Edinburgh is a great place in which to live and work. This success breeds success, and as such, Edinburgh is experiencing its biggest period of growth since Victorian times. This means more jobs, more residents, more tourists and more people trying to move around the city.

The knock-on effect is that Edinburgh’s current public transport system, although one of the best in the United Kingdom, is near capacity. It is clear that doing nothing is not an option. Edinburgh’s roads would soon be clogged, and moving around the city would be much more difficult.

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