Edinburgh Trams - Disaster follows disaster! Anyone for secondhand trams?
Oh dear, oh dear. The news that Croydon has rejected the lease of a number of the surplus Edinburgh trams will come as no surprise to many people who have long realised that this "disaster on wheels" is simply heading to wholesale implosion.
It is too late to save it and those who are trying desperately to save their own reputations and professional credibility had better realise that there is little they can do apart from "mothball" the whole scheme until the world emerges from the current financial crisis.
But to have ordered "special" bespoke trams which are the largest in Europe - so can not be loaned or leased to anyone - and to have made them so different from all other cities, right down to the leather seats embossed with "Edinburgh Trams" seems crass stupidity.
Also who on earth authorised the order for all 26 trams at the one time? What an utter waste of money.
So we have a huge Tram Depot we do not need, 26 trams we do not need, and a host of other very expensive equipment which we shall probably never need. And the Council are trying hard to lumber us with a £15-20 million repayment on a loan to finance the rest of the work - I sometimes wonder if I am living in a mad-house!