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  1. chdot
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  2. ejstubbs
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    Over 60s already travel free on Edinburgh trams.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. Tulyar
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    @ejstubbs ONLY Saltire Cars issued by Edinburgh Council get free use of trams and in Glasgow (SPT issued cards) only get 50% discount on Subway fare, and have to buy tickets from ticket counter. We also get 50% off SPT rail fares (after 09.30 on weekdays)

    Ferries also link through Saltire card for free/discounted sailings

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. ejstubbs
    Member

    Ah, OK, thanks for the correction.

    Didn't know about the ferry discounts, may have to investigate that further.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. chdot
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    “With the option to walk to work or an easy tram ride into the city centre, this new neighbourhood will be a focal point of Leith’s continued regeneration.”

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/harbour-31-edinburgh-plans-for-vibrant-new-waterfront-development-at-port-of-leith-unveiled-3709610

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. chdot
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  7. chdot
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    Croydon tram crash: TfL to admit to failings over fatal derailment

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-61759073.amp

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. chdot
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  9. chdot
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    Edinburgh Trams has said that managing director Lea Harrison has not been paid a bonus – insisting that the controversial £16,000 top-up payment he received is instead an ‘incentivisation payment’.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/edinburgh-trams-claim-boss-top-up-payment-is-not-a-bonus-3753856

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. Yodhrin
    Member

    You have to wonder reading stuff like that - did they not bother hiring PR managers, or did they just hire the most tone-deaf PR managers on the planet? Between authoritarian leaders and Instagram it's been obvious for more than a decade that people respond well to "sincerity and authenticity" even when it's also obviously a lie or nonsense, so just own up to it being a bonus and say she deserves it regardless of the reality.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. acsimpson
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    I wonder if he works without a salary. Instead receiving monthly renumeration.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. gembo
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    Har dee har.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. chdot
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    Several sections of the tram extension to Newhaven will take longer than scheduled to complete, council chiefs have admitted – but they say the overall project is still on track to open in spring 2023 and within the £207.3m agreed budget.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/edinburghs-tram-extension-some-sections-will-be-completed-later-than-planned-3767471

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  14. jonty
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    I can't help but think how badly it reflects on the first tram project that the current one is still more or less on track despite a global pandemic and ensuing labour and materials crisis. What happened???!?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  15. chdot
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    Leith Walk will reopen to two-way traffic between Pilrig Street and London Road from Monday (18 July)

    https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/13510/key-section-of-leith-walk-to-reopen-as-trams-to-newhaven-progresses

    No more need for this then?

    Wonder how many people used it?!

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  16. crowriver
    Member

    I have used that route for years, usually far preferable to Leith Walk, with or without cycle lanes.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  17. ejstubbs
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    @jonty: I think one difference is that the first tram project found all/most of the unexpected stuff below the route of the tram lines (pipes, sewers, cables etc) down Leith Walk, and moved a good proportion of it out of the way before having to cover it all over when the project was curtailed. So the second project didn't find nearly so many nasty surprises, if any, and for a good part of the route at least they were able to just dig out the track base - without having to worry much about what might be down there - pour concrete and lay tracks.

    I'm sure the second project did find a few awkward surprises beyond wherever the first project actually got to before it was re-scoped, but maybe they were better prepared to deal with them this time around. Also, they quite likely had a non-trivial amount of contingency built in to the second project's plan to cover such eventualities. In both cases, experience* from the first project would probably have informed the planning and execution of the second.

    * Or "learnings" as I think we're supposed to say these days.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  18. jonty
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    I did wonder if they broke the back of the utility diversions in the first project. Still, it seems like the currently one has been particularly well managed generally - I wonder if a more mature attitude was taken to the kind of disputes that derailed the first project.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  19. ejstubbs
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    Well, it looks like they're using a different set of contractors to the first project: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven/construction-information/construction#contractorroles. That web page seems to be a lot more transparent about how the second project is being delivered compared to the bluff and bluster of the online communication about the first project, at least it its outset.

    It would also surprise me if the first project hadn't taught CEC some hard lessons about managing infrastructure projects of this kind.

    (There is a saying in project and programme management circles: "The trouble with doing things right first time is that no-one understands how hard it was". A classic example often cited is all the work that went in to ensuring that the Y2K 'bug' didn't cause the world to come to a standstill on 1/1/2000, and the subsequent smart-alec assertions that it was "all a lot of fuss about nothing". Another field that is full of examples of it being done right, and not right, is space exploration; the recent Horizon programme about the Webb telescope is a good watch in that regards. The fundamental point is that getting "it" right first time very often isn't straightforward, and how new and untried/not-done-[this-way]-before the job is should be taken properly in to account in the project plan with e.g. investigation/validation of assumptions, management of risk and meaningful decision gates - including the possible need to revise the plan, proper testing of the built solution, allowances to accommodate unforeseen contingencies etc etc.)

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  20. chdot
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    Tram 1 may have been the first time I heard “On Time and On Budget”

    The more it was said - often by someone paid a VAST amount of money - the more it became clear it was a lie.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  21. chdot
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    3.3 Communication Management

    3.3.1 Description of Strategic approach

    Communication with the media, stakeholders, and public will be driven with a singularity of voice and by a group of key messages. Passion and commitment will be injected into all communications, reflecting the belief in the benefits trams will bring and the excitement in bringing trams back to Edinburgh.

    Through contracts and partnerships, there are now a number of parties involved in the communications programme. Working together all parties will be involved in the delivery of the strategy to operation.

    https://www.edinburghtraminquiry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CEC01815033.pdf

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  22. chdot
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    The story claimed that five PR firms, including a firm run by the now communications director, shared almost £1m in the past three years, with £180,000 of fees paid to Burt Greener Communications, £260,000 paid to Weber Shandwick, £380,000 to crisis management specialist Media House, and £9,000 to Fan Hitter PR.

    https://www.thedrum.com/news/2011/07/13/edinburgh-trams-comms-team-clarifies-pound900000-pr-spend-reports

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  23. chdot
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    The quality of work on Edinburgh's tram extension is "appalling" and the project risks becoming "another fiasco" just like the original tram scheme, according to a council source.

    Despite well-publicised problems and an intervention by previous transport convener Lesley Macinnes, contractors are still putting in cycle lanes with sharp bends rather than updating the design.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/council/edinburgh-tram-extension-at-risk-of-becoming-another-fiasco-says-council-source-3779350

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  24. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    The "cracked and poor paving outside Places Gym at Shrubhill on Leith Walk" looks like it has pre-existed the tram extension. Probably cracked due to the Edinburgh disease (pavement parking, especially HGVs). But nobody GAF.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  25. crowriver
    Member

    Just can't get the staff nowadays. Literally.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  26. 14Westfield
    Member

    Tried out the reopened section of Leith Walk today and immediately regretted it as even marathon pluses are no match for the sheer amount of construction debris left behind.

    The return for my curiosity was two screws right through my rear tyre and a walk home…

    Posted 1 week ago #

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