Trams U-Turn a Catastrophe

2 Sep

Edinburgh’s Councillors pushed the first domino of public sector sell-offs by condemning the future of Lothian Buses after a spectacular u-turn on the city’s tram fiasco.

Bus workers stormed-out of today’s full council meeting in disgust at the actions of Council groups from across the political spectrum.

The Unite trade union also say that the decision to progress the Airport to St Andrews Square line will consign the city to generations of debt.

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “This is a total catastrophe for Lothian Buses, it’s workforce and the public. This world class public service will now be saddled with the debt of the trams fiasco leaving it to the mercy of the market. 

“This shambolic council have unforgivably ignored the public and workers affected, burdening the city with eye-watering levels of debt that will cast a dark shadow over it’s public services.”

The initial costs of the route will exceed £770 million but industry experts have said the final cost could surpass £1 billion. This is half a billion pounds more than the initial £500 million of funding allocated by the Scottish Government to complete a city wide tram project in 2008.

ENDS


Notes to Editors: For further information please contact Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty on 07810157929; Unite Lothian Buses Branch Secretary Rab Fraser on 07981673899; or Peter Welsh in the Campaigns Unit on 07810157931

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