Saturday, April 12, 2014

12th of April 2014 - Tram Measures

7 Spey Terrace
Telephone: 0131-550 0895

12th of April 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,


Whilst reading about the latest problems with Edinburgh's Trams (Evening News 12 April), I couldn't help but notice that the deficient lengths of track were described in metres and kilometres.

The Victorian engineers who built our original system did a very good job using feet and inches. Perhaps it is this fetish for metrication (one unfortunately shared by your newspaper) which has led to uncertainty and imprecision in construction and has brought us to the present fiasco?

In the increasingly likely event that everything has to be dug up again and the tracks relaid, it is still not too late to insist on the use of Imperial measure thus restoring appropriate precision and familiarity to the undertaking.

John Eoin Douglas

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