Tram not trains

With estimated costs of the Edinburgh to Galashiels railway steaming rapidly towards £300million, surely now is the time to pull the plug on this white elephant.

The savings would more than cover the shortfall in Edinburgh’s tram budget, allowing trams to reach the waterfront at Newhaven. This would benefit many more people than a few Liberal Democrat voters in the Borders, most of whom will, whether or not the Border Union line re-opens, continue to drive into Edinburgh to partake of vital facilities largely absent from their rural idyll such as decent supermarkets, shopping malls and gainful employment.

John Eoin Douglas

Spey Terrace, Edinburgh