One of Scotland’s largest independent courier firms Eagle Couriers has criticised the Scottish Government for concealing details of the Edinburgh tram project.
Yesterday the government released details of the tram project following a request under the Freedom of Information Act but almost all the information was drawn through with black ink, defeating the purpose of the exercise.
Officials published approximately 20 pages which are shown to conceal large areas of information which according to Transport Scotland, contain details relating to the formulation of government policy.
Jerry Stewart, a director of Eagle Couriers, expressed his anger at the manipulation of the law and levels of secrecy displayed.
He said: “I think it’s fair to say that the Edinburgh tram project has lost the support of the public after experiencing countless financial setbacks and road disruptions.
“The project has hit businesses hard after having to cope with the inconvenience of road works and the diversions which no doubt caused additional running costs for many as they had to find alternative routes to their destination.
“The new section of the M74 motorway opened earlier this year eight months ahead of schedule and £20 million under budget which makes this whole fiasco look an absolute shambles.
“Ultimately nothing can be done now to repair the damage caused by the obstructions but the public are entitled by law to see the details of the government policy and hopefully it is a valuable lesson learnt.”
Eagle Couriers is Scotland’s leading courier firm with over 30 years’ experience. More information about the company can be found at http://www.eaglecouriers.co.uk/
Note to Editors
Jerry Stewart is a recognized expert on the UK delivery sector and respected commentator on issues affecting the delivery and transport industries. He is a long-term columnist for leading trade title Delivery Magazine (formerly Courier Direct).
Jerry is available for interviews and comments on any sector-related issues.
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