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Building our future

Issue 2 2008, Past issues  •  30 April 2008  •  Willie Gallagher, Executive Chairman, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie)

Edinburgh has been through decades of development. The City’s economy and encouraging inward investment now ensures that when a business comes to Edinburgh, it comes to stay. One of the contributory factors to this success has been the vision and strategy of the City’s leaders; politically, economically and socially.

The City is now on the cusp of a monumental change – one which will drag it into the 21st century and place it as a leader in Europe in terms of its public transport infrastructure. The agent of this change is the Edinburgh Tram Project – which in April 2008 moved into a new phase, achieving a critical milestone in its delivery programme, with the signing of the contracts for the scheme’s infrastructure and the manufacture of its rolling stock.

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

Issue 6 2007, Past issues  •  7 December 2007  •  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.