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Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 6:10 p.m.

Edinburgh’s problem-plagued tram system opens

LONDON — A state-of-the-art tram system carried its first paying passengers through Edinburgh on Saturday — three years late and vastly over budget.
The problem-plagued project took six years and cost $1.3 billion, twice the original estimate. It has been a long-standing headache for residents and transport chiefs in the Scottish capital.
The original plan called for an extensive network to open in 2010.
But amid rising costs and feuding between the city and contractors, the project was scaled down to a 9-mile line between airport and city center.
Edinburgh City Council chief executive Sue Bruce accepted the project had been a “shambles,” and told the BBC: “It’s not a day for jubilation.”
But travelers taking their first ride welcomed the return of trams to Edinburgh after almost 60 years.
Self-described tram enthusiast Marjory Broom said there was a “carnival atmosphere on board with people cheering as the tram set off.”

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