TRAM chiefs have come under fire for spending almost £400 on a fake cake that nobody could eat.
The giant tram ‘cake’ which was ordered for the first anniversary PR picture has turned out to be a frame, thought to be metal or plastic, covered with icing.
Bizarrely, the council then added the cost of a real sponge cake to the bill so that 200 officials and tram staff at the birthday party had something to eat.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the council admitted: “The tram birthday cake shown in the media and on our website was not actually a cake but a frame made in the shape of a tram covered in icing.
“A sponge cake was made in addition to this which was shared between 200 people.
“The complete cost for the ‘tram’ cake, the actual cake and the delivery of both was £380.”
Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone said that there was “little to celebrate” about the tram system.
“Normal hard-working taxpayers will be alarmed to hear that their cash contributed to a PR stunt intended to make the City of Edinburgh Council look good.
“Many commuters and local businesses will feel that there is little to celebrate about the tram fiasco, and yet again the council has misread the public mood.”
In Leith Walk, Edinburgh, which was dug up and then filled in after that section of the line was cancelled, residents expressed their anger at the fake cake.
Patrick Langan, 50, said: “I find it quite bizarre that a cake would cost that much. Someone has clearly made a bad decision. There is pressure to be creative these days but someone just got carried away.”
A spokesman for Edinburgh Trams said: “We bought some cake to highlight the fact that we carried 4.92 million passengers in our first year, to promote the tram service and to celebrate with the team.
“Also, our passenger numbers are on the up so we’re confident that public mood is positive about our service.
“We’ll continue to promote Edinburgh Trams enthusiastically as its success is essential for the city.
“Occasionally, like with any business, this will involve spending some money.”