Controversial Edinburgh tram opens doors to public



By Oliver Farrimond

EDINBURGH residents got a first look at the controversial new tram development yesterday as a mocked-up carriage opened its doors to the public.

Shoppers on busy Princes Street were able to walk inside the carriage and talk to those working on the project.

The scheme is currently mired in controversy, and has caused Edinburgh’s busiest shopping district to close to traffic.

Alastair Richards, project manager, said that feedback on the tram’s design had been largely positive, and called for patience during the planned disruptions.

He said: “Time will always be an issue, but broadly speaking we are moving forward.

“Hopefully people can bear with us while we convert the infrastructure, and invest in Edinburgh’s future.”