A city centre tram loop would be built in the heart of Edinburgh under the biggest proposed transport overhaul of the Scottish capital in memory. The radical ten- year city centre transformation project includes plans for prominent Old Town streets to be completely closed to traffic.
Sounds really promising.
There are no reasons to take a car into the centre of Edinburgh anymore. It makes perfect sense that the city centre is redesigned to focus on walking, cycling and public transport rather than a small number of car users.
“Car parking would be gradually reduced across the city centre, with George Street, Victoria Street and Cockburn Street losing parking space altogether.” What about the people who actually live on these streets! Are they simply not allowed to own a motor vehicle any more?! How, exactly, would deliveries and services be provided to the scores of local businesses, restaurants etc?
EH1 The idea of making the city centre less traffic dependant is good but spare a thought for the residents and for everyone else, as the councils track record on projects is poor and the costs and the disruption across the city during construction could last for years.
Luckie Mucklebackit “Radical”? How does radical apply to just doing what most other European cities have done ages ago? Pedestrianisation and cycle lanes are radical?
Dunnomuch The Luftwaffe did less damage to Edinburgh during WWII than the council does!
kmcn Would it not be more sensible to explore off road alternatives? Edinburgh could easily accommodate a mix of underground, raised suburban rail and make use of the cycle network which sits on old rail routes.
Another Voice The old railyway tracks should have been converted to electric tram lines but short- sighted councils and politicians missed it, in fact most miss the plot all the time and we suffer the consequences.