A report from Edinburgh Evening News from 22nd February 2017.
A decision on the tram extension will be made after the council elections
Coucil chiefs have appointed consultants Turner and Townsend as project managers for the proposed £145 million extension of the tram route down Leith Walk to Newhaven.
The firm - which took over day-to-day management of the original tram project from the council’s own arms-length company TIE in 2011 - has been awarded a £617,705 contract.
The council has also appointed Atkins Ltd as technical advisers for the extension under a £449,710 contract and Ashurt LLP as legal advisers under a contract worth £118,872.
A decision on whether to go ahead with the extension will be made after the council elections in May.
An other report this time from Herald newspaper from 22nd February 2017.
Turner and Townsend are part of £1m-plus advisers team, also including the leading designers and consultants Atkins, appointed to ensure smooth running of new tram line proposals including making sure utility companies won’t have to repeat roadworks and that legal wrangles don’t halt the project.
Edinburgh City Council said it agreed to set in motion ground work for "a number of activities to progress the development of a tram extension to Newhaven in Leith".
A report to the finance and resources committee reveals a project team including "legal, technical and project and commercial management advisors who would support the council in completing the activities and reporting back to Committee in summer 2017 on the progress and next steps".
The report to the committee stated: "This report details the procurement processes undertaken and the outcome of the process which led to the appointments of Ashurt LLP as Legal Advisors, Atkins Ltd as Technical Advisors and Turner and Townsend as Project and Commercial Management advisors for contract sums of £111,872, £449,710 and £617,705 respectively."
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