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New chief says trams project faces watershed

Vic Emery
Image caption Vic Emery replaced David Mackay who quit unexpectedly last November

The new chairman of Edinburgh's troubled tram project has said the next few weeks will be a "watershed" for its future.

Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie) head, Vic Emery took on the role earlier this week.

His comments come as the organisation prepares to enter mediation with track contractor Bilfinger Berger to resolve a dispute over costs.

Mr Emery said the project had all the ingredients of success.

He insisted the achievements of the scheme should not be ignored just because a few things had been thrown in the way.

Last week Scotland's Auditor General confirmed the project could not be completed on budget and said it was impossible to predict when the trams might begin running.

Mr Emery, 67, replaces David Mackay who quit unexpectedly in November, describing problems over the Princes Street section of the project as "hell on wheels".

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