In 2007, when the SNP government took over from the Lab/Libdems, there were a few outstanding matters which demanded attention.
One in particular was the demand from the unionist parties for a tram system in Edinburgh. I should amend that to a tram rail because the proposal was for one tram line only serving a very small part of Edinburgh.
The vote regarding the Edinburgh trams was out done by the unionists and at that point John Swinney said the (SNP) Scottish government would give £550 million and not a penny more.
The whole project has been a disaster for Edinburgh. The streets are still in 'dug up' progress and have been for well over a year. Edinburgh looks a disaster and it's such a shame, because it is a very attractive city. I'm quite sure the year-long standstill of the project will do little to encourage visitors to return, although many only visit once in a lifetime as visitors do.
Calum Cashley gives a real insight into a very recent meeting of the Edinburgh Trams Project. If you're a resident, a visitor or just someone with an interest in Edinburgh, it's definitely worth reading his account of how the tram project bosses think they will progress.
For the record I was against the trams because I thought the capital city had a bus service which surpassed any other city and did not deserve to be usurped by a tram system which would not provide a service to 90% of Edinburgh's population.