Edinburgh trams: a case study of a complex project

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    The Edinburgh Tram project has proved to be politically contentious, complex, and problematical since preparatory work on services diversion commenced in 2007. The proposed network has been reduced to a single 18.5 km line linking Newhaven to Edinburgh Airport via Leith, Princes Street, Haymarket, Edinburgh Park and the Gyle. The main contract was let on a fixed price design and build basis to a consortium of Bilfinger Berger (civil engineering) works, Siemens (electrical) and CAF (tramcars). Work commenced in summer 2008. An earlier contract for the preparatory works and services diversions was carried out by Carillion. It appears likely that the project will not be completed before 2012 rather than the original target of 2011 and the budget cost of £545 million as included in the final business case appears likely to be exceeded.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual ARCOM Conference 2010
    ISBN (Print)9780955239045
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • project management
    • trams
    • construction
    • game theory
    • dispute resolution


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