Edinburgh's Scalextric service has taken its first paying customers as the much-delayed route from The Royal Mile to the South Bridge opens to the public.
The first car raced up The Mile at 8am today following six years of disruption and delays. This includes an acrimonious dispute between the Council and the owners of the Scalextric brand, Hornby.
Hornby insist that the small car racing track would have been finished on budget, on time, if the council hadn't insisted on things like beurocracy, dithering and faffing.
"The people of Edinburgh must feel very disappointed that it has taken the Council so long to figure out how to lay the track. We put very clear instructions inside the box and there are even diagrams. It's a shame that the town planners decided they knew best and took it upon themselves to assemble this in a way in which it was never designed to be put together. We've basically had to take it all apart and start again." said a Hornby spokesperson.
The £299 extended track ended up costing the city £45,000 and "serious questions must be asked" about how this cost has risen so much. Part of it is thought to be down to the Council offering free wifi in the cars on the track; something Hornby insist is unneccessary.
"You can't fit anyone in the cars. They're tiny. Why do they need free wifi?"
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