Aberdeen set to follow Edinburgh with tram scheme

The Granite City could be set to follow Edinburgh's lead and bring back trams. Pic: File

The Granite City could be set to follow Edinburgh's lead and bring back trams. Pic: File

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ABERDEEN could be set to follow Edinburgh’s lead - by bringing back its trams.

Scotland’s third largest city scrapped its network in 1955, but city leaders are exploring the option of reintroducing the system.

The proposals have immediately ran into opposition, given the city centre chaos of spiralling cost caused by the Capital’s tram project.

Aberdeen’s SNP leader, Callum McCraig, said: “Anyone who has been in Edinburgh in the last six years will know the chaos the trams have caused yet our Labour administration think this is a good idea.

“The cost of Edinburgh’s system was supposed to be £500 million for a complete line and ended up running into nearly £1 billion for half a line.”

The city’s Liberal Democrat leader Ian Yuill also raised doubts. He said: “I would welcome Scottish Government investment and action to improve the infrastructure but it would take a brave politician to go down the road of trams after the difficulties in Edinburgh.”

Aberdeen’s City Council have said a tram network could link communities and ease road congestion with thousands of new homes planned for the area. The authority has asked the Scottish Government to explore how much introducing a system would cost.