Next stop Penicuik if Midlothian billion pound tram plans gets green light

Trams could be heading for Penicuik
Trams could be heading for Penicuik

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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