Friends of the Earth Scotland has responded to reports that the City of Edinburgh Council has voted to continue with the Edinburgh trams project today (30 June).

Stan Blackley, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, who led a deputation to the full meeting of the Council this morning had urged Councillors to “be bold… be brave… be sensible” and to “help create the beginnings of a 21st Century transport network for our capital city”.

Stan Blackley, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“This decision is the right one for Edinburgh. The trams will, once delivered, reduce car journeys and traffic congestion, improve on-street air quality and reduce pollution levels, and help to cut carbon emissions. The decision to take the initial tram line to St. Andrew’s Square is plain common sense, and I applaud those City of Edinburgh Councillors who saw sense and voted for this.”

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

Friends of the Earth Scotland is * Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation * An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland * Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent.
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