The sight of trams running beyond York Place along Leith Walk and to Newhaven has moved a step closer following a vote at a full City of Edinburgh Council meeting this week. However this is just the first step in the plans to extend Edinburgh Trams with another vote due in just three weeks once further information has been obtained over the funding with the SNP still concerned over the robustness of the business case.
At the Council meeting the extension all the way to Newhaven was approved in principle by 44 votes to 11 (despite their concerns the SNP voted in favour for now with only the Conservative councillors voting against) but this is as far as it goes for now.
As reported previously some of the funding of the £162.2 million extension is due to come from dividends from Lothian Buses and this is where much concern has been expressed. The fear from some is that this dividend would adversely affect the bus network – with Unite leading the way with their concerns – and before the plans are progressed too much further a eight Councillor working party has been formed to get answers from Lothian Buses as to whether they can afford the £20 million they are being expected to give towards the tram extension.