Business leaders and transport groups have urged Edinburgh councillors to vote to extend the city’s tram network to Leith and Newhaven, saying it would act as a springboard for a wider light rail network for Edinburgh.
Gareth Williams, Director of Policy at Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), said: “As national organisations, Transform Scotland and SCDI recognise that what happens in Edinburgh is key to Scotland’s success as a low-carbon, knowledge economy.
“The city has the strongest economy of any city in the UK outside London. And with population growth forecasts the joint fastest in Scotland, it is important that the city continues to invest in its transport infrastructure.”
Transform Scotland spokesman Paul Tetlaw said: “Now is the time to take the next step towards a comprehensive network by extending the line to Newhaven, and so joining up development in Leith and Newhaven with the developments at the St James Quarter, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Airport.
“This will send positive signals that Edinburgh is following the worldwide trend of developing sustainable transport infrastructure and intends to keep pace with its competitor cities across the continent.”
The vote takes place this Thursday (November 26).