Bidding to begin on £165m Edinburgh tram extension

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
Share

Edinburgh City Council is to start bidding for its £165m tram extension project after approving the outline business case last week.

The council is taking a cautious approach to tendering after major cost overruns on the earlier city centre phases.

Under present two-stage bidding plans councillors will not make a final decision on taking the tram to Newhaven until autumn 2018.

The 12-month tendering period will allow the council to assess project affordability and  consider any lessons learned from the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry currently under way.

Council Leader Adam McVey said: “Given the rate of growth forecast for Edinburgh over the coming years, we simply cannot stand still.

“And yet we can’t proceed with work to take trams down to Newhaven unless we’re 100% certain we’ve rigorously scrutinised the business case and taken on board crucial lessons from the first phase.”

He added: “Having pored over the Outline Business Case in microscopic detail these past few weeks, including obtaining independent advice on it, I’m confident our project team – which retains key personnel from the team who got the first phase back on track – is now well placed to move on to the next stage and start the procurement process for a contractor.

“We will only make our final decision next autumn once the tendering process has completed and once we’ve consulted an independent assessor on the viability of the proposed construction contracts.

“We’ll also of course consider any lessons learned from Lord Hardie’s ongoing tram inquiry as we move forward.”

proposed-new-edinburgh-tram-line-to-newhaven

Construction work is expected to take three years, including 18 months on Leith Walk, followed by four months of testing and commissioning on the new line.

Latest news

Police conduct three Grenfell interviews under caution

Investigation moves to a new phase following year of forensic work
9 hours ago

Surge in orders to see Robertson turnover top £700m

Contractor to report 25% increase in work as it is now live on 237 sites
2 hours ago

MPs slam building inspection and materials testing regimes

Construction under fire for "conflicts of interest that are pervasive throughout the industry"
15 hours ago

Race starts for £75m portable modular homes deal

London borough launches initiative to move homes from site-to-site
10 hours ago

London council scraps £2bn Lendlease deal

Haringey rips-up agreement with developer to build 6,400 new homes
17 hours ago

Crane driver breaks back on Balfour Channel Tunnel site

Accident during £120m contract to install electricity cable between Great Britain and France
1 day ago

Bid race takes-off for London City airport terminal

Key main terminal expansion substructure and concrete works up for grabs
1 day ago

Kier fined £600,000 after concrete block hits worker

Court hears how lack of supervision led to accident on rail bridge site
1 day ago

Graham wins £90m Congleton link road

Project includes a 85m bridge over the River Dane
2 days ago

SES lands £20m M&E deal at soft drinks bottling plant

Work to start this month powering major extension to Rugby factory
17 hours ago

Suppliers unable to contact demolition giant Cuddy Group

Calls to head office going unanswered
2 days ago

Over 1,000 staff still stranded at Carillion

Official Receiver investigators are sifting through 6bn rows of data
2 days ago

Balfour set for £60m Strathclyde Uni teaching hub

Firm lined up for first major job in £650m building programme
2 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
3 months ago

60 jobs axed as Somerset building contractor sinks

Long-established R G Spiller enters administration
2 days ago

Nine in 10 councils breaking prompt payment rules

Findings emerge on six month anniversary of collapse of Carillion
2 days ago

Roadworks speed limit could be raised to 60mph

Motorway trials to test different limits through highways sites
2 days ago

McLaughlin & Harvey lands £50m Liverpool training centre

Construction to start in October on new academy
2 days ago

Plans in for final phase of £1bn Chelsea Barracks scheme

Last phase includes 126 affordable homes, and separate sports and medical centres
3 days ago

Joiners injured in temporary access platform collapse

Court hears how two workers plunged seven metres through unsafe platforms at hospital site
3 days ago

Green light for £50m Portsmouth Uni sports centre

Sports hub is the first project in a £400m University upgrade plan
3 days ago

Wates wins £161.5m Wembley resi blocks deal from Quintain

Latest deal is Wates largest ever award on a single site
6 days ago

Construction’s most considerate contractors win ultra site awards

Latest initiative rewards highest industry site standards and supply chain collaboration
3 days ago

Go-ahead for 37-storey Leeds student tower

Work to start before the end of this year on landmark student tower
6 days ago

Construction degrees come under fire from students

Students claim courses fail to prepare them for life in the industry
6 days ago

McAlpine to start £30m Manchester biomedical hub

Work to start in September on Citylabs 2.0 building project
6 days ago

Roofer in six metre plunge on to solid concrete floor

Court hears how worker suffered multiple fractures after plunge on refurbishment job
6 days ago

Cost of industry skills cards set to rise in September

CSCS leaders confirm 20% price rise per card to £36
7 days ago

£300m Bristol Uni campus approved

Work due to start on Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus early next year
6 days ago

Crossrail’s Sir Terry Morgan to lead HS2

Morgan replaces David Higgins as HS2 chairman next month
6 days ago

Contractor services