News that the on-going inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco has now cost in excess of £3.5 million has been slammed on Skye.

FlySkye,  which has been fighting a long but frustrating fight to bring regular flights back to the island, have hit out over the high expenditure believing the money could have been far better spent.

Commenting via social media a member of the group said: “Watching the evening news and thinking that the cost of the inquiry into Edinburgh's tram fiasco, could have paid for the Skye airport!

“At least our project would be money well-spent for the community.”

The enquiry itself is investigating what went wrong with the £776m project which went massively over-budget and was completed five years later than planned.

It was back in June 2014 that the enquiry actually began and it was Alex Salmond, then first minister, who said it would be "swift and thorough".

This week a spokesman for the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry said it was making "good progress".

However they were unable to say when Lord Hardie, who is leading the inquiry, was due to report its findings.

FlySkye, which was established as an independent campaign group with a single objective: the reintroduction of air links to the Isle of Skye from the Central Belt of Scotland added: “Demoralising. Frustrating. Anyone listening? @HIEScotland.”