Updates on how we are being effected by the tramline workings and miscellaneous musings thereon

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MARCH 2008

Gogar Church, our workshop, has been separated from the Glasgow Road by the workings (I use the term “workings” loosely in this context since, in the timeless phrase, “nothing continues to happen”) of the Edinburgh Tram Line to the Airport. This bit of the line was scheduled for completion  in 2009 but this has now been revised to 2011 or, at the current rate of progress, this might more appropriately read  2012, or…….who knows?. Perhaps somebody who DOES know what’s going on e.g. the chief executive of TIE, might like to leave a comment? (note Meantime I am indebted to Mark Gorman’s blog for finding this little gem, not for the prurient;

and, while you’re there, you might like to try another one, “The Silence of the Trams”.

Anyway, the effect of all this is to make it look to the visitor as if they are intruding into somebody’s private building site (in fact, they are intruding into somebody’s private grief – mine!).

A Special Purpose Blog entitled BEHIND ENEMY TRAMLINES might be in order here, but meantime….    Be aware that the access road to the church is a public right of way and do not be intimidated by diggers, dump trucks,12 ton lorries, etc or by mud baths, or dust clouds when the weather turns dry. A couple of photos should give the flavour of whats going on here….

our access road looking south to Glasgow Rdour access road looking south to Glasgow Rd
outlook north from workshopoutlook north from workshop

Things can only get better…..

Presently things are pretty quite with the tram line in our vicinity and, in the time-honoured expression, “nothing continues to happen”.

And a Further Note….perhaps this time less temporary?

Thanks to our governments decisive response to the banking debacle, the following directive is now in effect:-

That which is referred to above as the

RBS Flyover

is now, henceforth and until further notice, to be refered to as the

Peoples Democratic Republic of Gogarburn Flyover

…end of directive…

JUNE 2010

This is the prospect looking west from the kirkyard (the airport control tower in some photos is a distant landmark). So things are getting seriously close….. the Barbarians are at the gate.

Meanwhile the depot at Gogar roundabout still promotes itself as “opening” in 2010.  This seems unlikely, to say the least.

Does ANYBODY actually know WHEN, and at WHAT COST, we can expect WHAT to be operational???? Edinburgh Evening News (31/8/2010), reporting another legal setback for TIE in its dispute with Bilfinger Berger and a postponement of  a “long-awaited” TIE report on “the project” , revealed that the notion of “incremental delivery” of the scheme is now being punted by TIE. This can only be taken to mean that no particular part of the line will become operational at any particular time.

If the whole line from Newhaven to the airport is actually built it will work out at around £50million per mile. I have no idea if this represents value for money. If it never reaches into the middle of the city, it will be more like £100million per mile. This at a time when local authority services and jobs will be cut. Is any other world class city currently building a tramline through its heart and from scratch? If not, why is that?

Is it possible that what we will finish up with is the world’s most expensive cycle path?????  Any comments from TIE would be most welcome.



What were incontestably WORKING HORSES were photographed yesterday (20/8/10) “trying out” the tramline horizontal and vertical alignments of the TIE workings to the North of the Glasgow road at Gogar.

In the light of the disastrous aesthetic consequences of previously proposed overhead power cables, unconfirmed rumours abound locally that TIE are about to announce the switch to HORSE-DRAWN TRAMS.

(click on photo to enlarge)

The complete absence of such power cables in the depiction of the tram on the hoardings at the Gogar Depot (remember, that’s the one that says “Opening 2010”) can only serve to reinforce this perception. However the SKYHOOK halfway along the roof of the tram suggests an altogether higher tech approach, perhaps tying in with the fact that the line is going to the airport?

FEB 2011


Significant progress at last at the depot as, at the end of January 2011, TIE remove the large hoarding advertising the 2010 opening deadline. ( see the photo of it above taken last June).

This begs a few questions such as

Does this mean that somebody at TIE now knows what year it actually is?


Has the same, or possibly a different person, now been told that the depot isnt actually open?

Also as a maker (and tax payer) I would be quite interested to know how much the design, building, erection, dismantling and disposal of this spurious artist’s impression advertising hoarding cost. O.k., probably not a lot in the greater scheme of things which is the Edinburgh tramline. But, there again,….is there a greater scheme of things?

SEPT 2011

O.k. TIE has been disbanded as being “unfit for purpose” and the SNP government  have reluctantly (they say) taken some obscure responsibility for seeing thru the project but with the rat payers of Edinburgh and/or Lothian buses meeting the overspend to build a line from the Airport to St Andrews Square at an “estimated” cost of £1bn (allowing for interest on the money borrowed to meet the overspend) with an “estimated” completion date of 2014.

Is nobody going to swing for any of this? Refering back to the Hitler in his bunker video, (and how uncannily spot on was that ?), at least he had the decency to top himself.



  1. chris holmes Says:

    Apparently Dublin put in a couple of lines (as yet unconnected) in the last few years and Bordeaux has a new system. Interestingly Bordeaux, whose city centre is a World Heritage Site, did not require to install overhead cables for power supply in the city centre; for some reason Edinburgh has opted for overhead power supply throughout the system.

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