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Tram line project 'may be sped up'

Pro-tram councillors seeking re-election in Edinburgh in 2012 may speed up the building of a tram line in the city.

The controversial project has been hit by delays and disruption, and councillors want to show progress has been made by the time of the elections, it has been claimed.

The Edinburgh Evening News said bosses of TIE, the council-owned tram firm in charge of the project, were considering whether to ditch contractor Bilfinger Berger over the delays of the £545 million project.

It added that the company is looking at hiring Siemens to take over the management of the sub-contractors.

A source told the paper: “Work is progressing very well off-street, which means that part of the line could be opened well before the council election, possibly next year.”

The tram line, which will run from Haymarket to the airport, was due for completion this year.

But bosses on the project have admitted it may not be up and running until 2013.