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Hardie prepares conclusions on Edinburgh’s tram debacle

The oral hearings of the Edinburgh tram inquiry ended last month with participants giving their closing statements on why the project suffered such a huge cost overrun and delay to opening. Andrew Forster reports

08 June 2018
The Edinburgh tram has proved popular with passengers since its delayed opening in 2014
The Edinburgh tram has proved popular with passengers since its delayed opening in 2014
Delays to the utility diversion works angered businesses
Delays to the utility diversion works angered businesses
Tram works had ground to a halt on Princes Street in summer 2009 because of a dispute between Tie and Bilfinger Berger. Visitors flock to the city’s Festival Fringe arts extravaganza each summer, giving a storyline for LTT’s comic strip by Clogs
Tram works had ground to a halt on Princes Street in summer 2009 because of a dispute between Tie and Bilfinger Berger. Visitors flock to the city’s Festival Fringe arts extravaganza each summer, giving a storyline for LTT’s comic strip by Clogs
Supposed to open in 2011, a truncated version of the line opened in 2014
Supposed to open in 2011, a truncated version of the line opened in 2014

 

If any budding student of project management had the time, then Edinburgh has been the place to be for the last nine months as the inquiry into the city’s tram debacle took oral evidence from scores of witnesses. In all, the inquiry, chaired by Lord Hardie, took evidence for 59 days. The hearings came to an end last month with closing statements from legal representatives of some of the main participants. Hardie is now preparing his final report, drawing not only on the oral and written...

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