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City of Edinburgh Council published its outline business case on 28 August 2017 regarding bringing the trams to Leith/Newhaven.
A report accompanying the OBC will now be considered at a special meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee on 4 September, before going to Full Council on 21 September.
Please take the time to sign this petition calling for the trams to be brought to Leith/Newhaven. Also, please take the time to write in the comments section your reasons for supporting the trams coming to the area and whether you live in the area, are a business in the area, or someone with a general interest in Leith/Newhaven.
Key points from the Outline Business Case as presented by City of Edinburgh Council are;
Rapid population and economic growth
· Over the next decade, Edinburgh and surrounding area expected to be home to faster growing population than anywhere else in Scotland. National Records of Scotland projections published in 2016 suggest city should be planning for an additional 47,000 people by 2024 and additional 102,000 by 2039 (20% increase)
· Number of households forecast to increase by over 38,000 (16%) by 2032. A quarter (25%) of this growth is forecast to occur in Leith Docks and Western Harbour area
· Employment levels in Edinburgh are projected to grow by 7.6% between 2013 and 2022
Costs & benefits
· Capital Cost estimated at £165.2m, including risk and inflation
· Patronage forecast to almost double in opening year to 14m, reflecting high population densities along the route
· For every £1 spent the economic return to the city is £1.64
· OBC includes wider economic benefits, including social inclusion, and completing the line will provide access to jobs and support business and opportunities in the area
Construction work to take three years
· Estimated three-year construction period, including 18 months on Leith Walk, followed by approx four months of testing and commissioning on new line.
· Significant proportion of major utility works have already been carried out – remainder carried out in conjunction with main infrastructure works, meaning no ‘double dig’
Carefully planned traffic management
· Diversions, road closures, access and crossing points thoroughly planned and modelled
· All key stakeholders, including residents, businesses, emergency services and Lothian Buses will be consulted on the traffic proposals set out in the OBC
Support for businesses
· Customer and service access to local businesses maintained at all times
· Compensation and support scheme for affected businesses along the route put in place
· Logistic centres and dedicated crossing points provided at 150-200m centres on Leith Walk
· Logistics officers deployed throughout the day to help businesses with deliveries
· OBC recommends industry-standard contract with rigorous project governance
· Traffic management would give contractor expanded sites and provide flexibility if problems encountered
· Project would benefit from industry networking with other cities (Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin) to ensure best practice
· Consultation with the market and incorporating input from Tram Inquiry
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