Loopy plan?

The Scotsman - - PICTURE GALLERY -

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.


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