Edinburgh Tram contractors visit Scottish Parliament

The charm offensive from Edinburgh Trams has really been in full swing in recent
weeks with senior Directors from the lead contractors on the project visiting the Scottish Parliament as they were in the City to see first hand the progress being made on the construction of the tram line, which is due to open in 2014.

Dr Jochen Keysberg from Bilfinger SE, Dr Jorg Schneppendahl of Siemens AG and Antonio Campos from CAF met Transport Minister Keith Brown and the City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport Convener Cllr Lesley Hinds at the Parliament to discuss how well things have been going recently with the project now seemingly on schedule for completion on time (well according to the latest plan anyway).

Cllr Hinds commented: “This meeting demonstrates the productive and positive relationship that continues between Council, the contractors and Government. The tram project is now making good steady progress and, with large sections of track now laid and tram stops nearing completion, it’s clear to see the route taking shape. However, we
understand that businesses, residents and commuters in the city still face difficulties and, where possible, we’re trying hard to limit disruption. Everyone here is determined for this good progress to continue and of course to keep the project in line with the revised budget.”

And Keith Brown added: “This was a welcome opportunity to meet with representatives from Bilfinger Siemens and CAF and receive a progress report on the project.  While there is no room for complacency, we should remember that some businesses and the public are still facing disruption, however, steady progress is in line with the revised schedule to allow completion in summer 2014. We are all determined to deliver a project that will help put Edinburgh on the map for all the right reasons, and mean a massive boost to the local and national economy, as well as increasing public transport options for the public and

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