It once seemed as if no public infrastructure project would ever compete with the Scottish parliament fiasco for sheer mismanagement, but that was before the Edinburgh trams.
When it becomes fully operational next May, the capital's tram system will be three years overdue and £231 million over budget. It will have cost £776m and will not even go as far as originally intended - to Newhaven - stopping on York Place in the city centre instead.
Edinburgh residents have consoled themselves that at least it will be quicker and cheaper than the existing bus service, but even that most modest assumption has proved over-optimistic. It has now emerged that, not only is the tram likely to take around eight minutes longer than the highly efficient airport bus to reach the city centre, but it will cost more too.
At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, if it is going to take longer and cost more, what was the point in building it in the first place?
That is a mystery that is never likely to be solved.
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