Trams: Greens stress funds and political will are now key to completing the network

Scottish Greens have welcomed today’s decision by Edinburgh City Council to reintroduce trams to the capital, (1) but stress that local authority and Holyrood politicians must complete the network – not just the approved phase – to ensure a high-quality public transport service is created.

Gavin Corbett, Co-convenor of Edinburgh Greens, is widely tipped to be among a group of Green councillors next May. The City Centre ward candidate said: ‘The tram proposals are not flawless. But I’d urge all the people of Edinburgh to get behind this exciting new development for our city. It must be seen as a major turning point, where public transport is at the cutting edge, rather than being the poor relation.’

Green Lothians MSP Mark Ballard said, ‘It is great news that the Council has agreed to go ahead with this phase of the tram scheme. The near unanimous support for the business case shows how much agreement there is about the need for trams. But this is not enough. The Council must make sure the trams serving the Granton Waterfront are operating in time for people moving into the new houses. Equally important is parliamentary approval and funding for Tram Line 3 from the east end of Princes Street to Cameron Toll, the Royal Infirmary and on to Newcraighall or Dalkeith.’