First it was spring, then it was summer, now it transpires that a decision on whether the council will complete tramline 1a to Newhaven will not be taken until the Autumn.
However a new report, to be considered by councillors this week does give some estimates of the extra cash needed to completed the route.
The report considers four extension options; Newhaven, Ocean Terminal, The Foot of the Walk and MacDonald Road.
All the options bar the MacDonald Road extension, would eventually generate a profit for the council, with the Newhaven extension, the most expensive one at £144m, projected to almost double the number of passenger journeys made by tram in the city.
However, the report also admits that every single option would put an unspecified short-term financial burden on the council.
The costs in the report exclude any budget for pavement or landscaping works around the tram line, except where they are necessary to delivering the route.
The report makes some remarkable admissions on the extent of potential utility works that may still need to be fixed before the tram tracks can be laid to Newhaven.
Despite almost a decade of continuous road works on Leith Walk and Constitution Street, ostensibly to tackle utility conflicts with any potential tram lines, officials estimate that there remain 1200 “potential conflicts with utilities and other below ground assets” and of these 77% of them are judged to be either high or medium likelihood of requiring action.
These numbers are likely to strike understandable fear into many of the small traders that have held on throughout the last set of tram works.
Additionally, more work is required on Constitution Street to stabilise the listed churchyard wall.
On the other hand, once complete, the report suggests that the tram will bring a number of benefits, such as air quality improvements, economic resilience and further regeneration in areas such as Western Harbour.
Over the summer it is proposed that the council pays unnamed external consultants an unspecified amount of cash to verify that the official estimates are “robust,” prior to an Autumn meeting, where councillors are now set to take a “final” decision.
In a statement on the latest tram report, Transport Convener, Cllr Lesley Hinds, said: “I am extremely pleased with the progress of the business case, which already shows the clear economic impact the extension of the tram line could have on the city.
“We will also be exploring all avenues for funding, and considering a series of new and innovative options with a view to delivering best value.
“It is essential that we learn from our past mistakes and I am confident that this process will deliver thoroughly researched, strategic options for a tram extension.”