Review of why project was delayed and exceeded budget set to begin
The first hearing of the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry is to take place on Wednesday 19 August, its chair has confirmed.
The Inquiry will seek to establish why the project incurred delays, cost more than double the originally projected amount and had to be reduced in scope by shortening the route.
Lord Hardie, who is Chairman of the Inquiry, has called for people or organisations who wish to be designated as ‘core participants’ during the Inquiry to apply. Core participants will have a ‘key role’ and will participate actively in the proceedings by making statements or asking questions. Details of those who have been so designated will be announced at the Preliminary Hearing on 19 August.
Lord Hardie continued: ‘The main purpose of the Preliminary Hearing is to ensure that all procedural matters are agreed before the start of the Inquiry Hearings, the dates for which I will announce at an appropriate future juncture and in line with the published Order of Events.’
The Inquiry is set to examine all aspects of the project, including procurement and contract preparation, governance, project management, delivery structures and oversight of the relevant contracts. It will also examine the consequences of the failure to deliver the project within the parameters originally set out, and will make recommendations as to how similar projects might avoid such failures in the future.