Trams running from Edinburgh to Midlothian could become a reality if an ambitious deal is reached between neighbouring councils.
The City Deal involves six councils in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region - Edinburgh, Borders, Fife, Mid, East and West Lothian - working together to develop a deal with the Scottish and UK governments designed to grow the local, national and UK economies.
A funding pot of £1billion could generate £3billion more in private investment, with proceeds ensuring that the benefits of growth are spread to every community in the region.
Speaking at a meeting of Dalkeith Community Council last week, Midlothian Councillor Jamie Bryant (SNP), cabinet member for economic development, said: ‘‘I was asked what I would like to do for our first project.
‘‘My first thought was trams to Dalkeith but that is probably asking a bit much, and so I thought ‘how about a tram to Straiton then?’ That is feasible and could be the first project.’’
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