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Edinburgh tram hit by further approval setback

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THE LONG-awaited Edinburgh tram scheme hit another setback last week after MSPs were warned the project could suffer lengthy delays and rising costs.

Transport minister Tavish Scott said: 'I'm not prepared to make any commitment to the future.' He added that he was not prepared to 'write an open cheque' for the tram scheme.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh tram company TIE said: 'We are hoping we can complete the first phase of the project within the original £634 million quota.

'We have to wait for full parliamentary approval then draw up the final business plan. We could start preparatory works before the end of the year.' Contractors are due to be appointed next year.