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Tram extension mooted under Edinburgh City Deal

Words: Roger Milne

Plans to extend the Edinburgh tram system could form part of a multibillion-pound city deal for the Scottish capital.

Council chiefs are in talks with UK chancellor Philip Hammond and the UK and Scottish Governments to inject cash into the project.

The city council’s chief executive Andrew Kerr says there is “no doubt” that expanding the tram system is an option for boosting Leith and the waterfront.

The news comes as a document emerged confirming that officials are looking to expand the trams down to Newhaven and Granton, west to Newbridge from Ingliston, and south to Little France, Newcraighall, and Queen Margaret University.

The latest draft of the new Strategic Development Plan (SDP), which sets out a vision for the long-term development of the Edinburgh region, lists the tram expansions as part of its “strategic projects 2018-2030”.

The draft says an extension of the existing line to Newhaven and Granton is “needed to support [the] significant scale of development at Leith and [the] waterfront”.

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