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Second tram route for Edinburgh?

The Scottish Executive has announced it is prepared to consider funding preparatory work for a West Edinburgh tram line. It is expected to run to Edinburgh Park and Gogar, where the Royal Bank of Scotland plans to build its new world headquarters, and possibly link with Edinburgh airport. It could also link with a planned tramway in north Edinburgh, which has secured £6.5m from the Scottish Executive. The funding would allow the scheme for the West Edinburgh Tram line to proceed to the same timetable as, and positively complement, the North Edinburgh scheme. The proposals also include the introduction of congestion charging, which could raise up to £20m each year to fund further improvements.

Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Wendy Alexander met with Finance Minister Andy Kerr, Social Justice Minister Iain Gray, key private sector players as well as Cllr Donald Anderson and Cllr Andrew Burns on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council to discuss development in the Edinburgh area. Ms Alexander said: 'It is vital that Edinburgh gets the public transport system a capital city deserves. My task has been to bring together the City, the business community and the Executive to really get things moving, placing new investment on the table for a tramline West of Edinburgh where congestion is greatest - and promising to get to grips with the planning issues with the first ever specialist planning guideline for one part of Scotland.'

ENTICO, a nascent public private partnership has been set up by City of Edinburgh Council and is charged with ensuring transport improvements are developed to serve Edinburgh. The Council has also announced today the full membership of the ENTICO Board, which has a majority of private sector members. Note: It will undergo a name change as there is already a company in existence called ENTICO.

The new chairman of ENTICO (Edinburgh New Transport Initiative Company), Ewan Brown was introduced to the meeting. Ewan Brown is Chairman of Lloyds TSB, non Executive director of Lloyds Group and an executive director of Noble Grossart Ltd. Mr Brown was closely involved in the preparation of the report 'Pathfinders to the Parliament', March 1999.

6 March 2002

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