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Alliance of business & transport interests call for Edinburgh Tram to be built to Leith

Published 18 November 2015 by Colin Howden

SCDI & Transform Scotland

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Alliance of business & transport interests call for Councillors to complete route to Leith

SCDI & Transform Scotland have today (Tuesday 17 Nov) called for Edinburgh Councillors to vote to complete the tram route to Leith and Newhaven as a springboard for a wider light rail network for the city. [1]

The organisations have issued a joint briefing on the project to Councillors ahead of Thursday’s vote:

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 city continues to invest in its transport infrastructure.”

Paul Tetlaw, spokesperson for Transform Scotland, 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.”



[1] Transform Scotland is the national sustainable transport alliance, bringing together rail, bus and ferry operators, local authorities, national environment and conservation groups, businesses and local transport campaigns. See <> for details.

[2] The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. See <> for details.