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edg writes on 23 October 2013, 5.39pm:
Parking charges on many city centre streets will be waived again from 5pm this Christmas shopping season.
As in previous years, the initiative will continue as part of Alive after Five, from 2 December until 28 December inclusive.
Andy Neal, Chief Executive at Essential Edinburgh, the organisation that runs the Alive After Five campaign, said: “All of our research has shown that people – both visitors and those working in the city centre – would like to do more shopping after work, and would also make more use of the bars and restaurants in the early evening. Essential Edinburgh has instigated and funded these initiatives so that our levy-payers get the best possible chance to boost their early evening trade.”
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edg writes on 18 October 2013, 6.04pm:
City centre tram works are almost over. Well, at least we hope they are.
Edinburgh City Council put out a press release today reminding everyone that tomorrow marks "the final phase of the reopening of the West End following civil engineering tram works."
"The reopening of the Manor Place to Shandwick Place stretch of the road will also signal the end of tram civil engineering works in the city centre."
With the tram works done, new traffic arrangements come into force including a return to two-way vehicle traffic at Manor Place and bus, taxi and cycle access to Shandwick Place, with general vehicles permitted entry between 8pm – 7am.
Full details are on the Council’s website.
The Council says that preparations for live tram operation testing may "occasionally" impact traffic flows but that the works will be "localised".
edg writes on 8 October 2013, 7.43am:
Edinburgh's trams take another lurch forward today with the start of tram testing between Gogar depot and Edinburgh Park Station. The testing phase will eventually see in excess of 150 tram test journeys along the line each day (five days per week).
Trams will be tested until the line becomes fully operational, expected to be May 2014, but possibly sooner.
Trams, as part of this testing, will cross the road at two locations, Lochside Avenue and South Gyle Broadway. The Council advises that traffic lights and pedestrian crossings will be in operation and the normal rules of the road will apply.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city’s Transport Convener, said: “It will take some time for people to get used to seeing trams running on street and both pedestrians and drivers will need to take extra care while everyone becomes familiar with them. I’ve seen firsthand in Dublin how trams interact...
edg writes on 18 September 2013, 4.48pm:
A ticket for Edinburgh's new trams, due to be running by May 2014, will be the same price as a bus ticket Edinburgh city leaders have announced.
The initial price will be £1.50 for a single adult journey and 70p for a child.
Critics have also pointed out that the Airlink bus is faster, taking typically 27 minutes from Edinburgh Airport terminal to Waverley Station in the city centre, compared to the 33 minute journey for the tram from the airport to St Andrew Square. ...
edg writes on 1 September 2013, 7.30am:
At the strike of 9pm tonight, over 400,000 fireworks will light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle in the Summer fests' last big splurge: the 45 minute Edinburgh Festival (Virgin Money) Fireworks Concert.
This year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker will perform Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Festival Fireworks stalwarts Pyrovision are providing the choreographed big bangs.
ScotRail will be running more than 60 extra carriages – and ten additional trains – to transport spectators to and from central Edinburgh on Sunday evening.
Before the concert, ScotRail will provide longer trains from Glasgow Queen Street and Fife into Edinburgh, as well as an additional train from Newcraighall.
A total of nine additional trains will leave the capital after the concert – including services to North Berwick, Newcraighall, Fife,...
actionman writes on 30 July 2013, 11.21am:
Information has at last been released by Edinburgh City Council admitting that the tram project is going to run at an operating loss for the next fifteen years - which is a fact that the critics of the project have long stated, only to have this vehemently denied up to now by Council Officials and by those in charge of the last administration.
However, we are now told that there is need for a "start up loan" of some £3 million - and as this clearly seems to the public to be yet another new cost which has been hidden, we are entitled to ask why this not included in the overall project cost? Presumably the "start up loan" is required because the so called "tram" is actually a light rail project, so stricter introduction safety checks are necessary.
The forecast now given by the Council for receipts is some £51 million with payments for maintenance and refurbishment running at £85 million. Therefore it is going to be up to...
actionman writes on 29 July 2013, 3.43pm:
Today's article in The Scotsman promising the beleaguered citizens of Edinburgh "the tram by Christmas" might be seen by some more of a threat than a promise. For those who actually live in the city and have to walk, cycle or drive along the streets of the city it will be a relief to have the works completed and the dreadful prisoner of war style cages removed from routes like Shandwick Place and York Place. The retailers - those that are left - will struggle to pick up their businesses again in areas that may then seem more friendly and accessible.
Everyone must be happy for those people who have had to endure so much for so many years; but for many businesses it will never be the same again as people will have moved on and found new outlets or suppliers. So for these traders let us show some relief, but the Council need to remember that these same traders need to receive proper recompense for what they have had to endure. It cannot just be swept under the carpet...
actionman writes on 11 February 2013, 10.51am:
Edinburgh Council has just accepted a report from Council officials that deaths from traffic accidents were 43% above target. This is hardly something to just shrug off, yet it was accepted by the Councillors of the Transport and Environment Committee almost without demur on the advice of senior Council officials. It seems utterly incredible that this was so meekly accepted when one realises that there has actually been a 5% reduction in traffic! But beware good people of Edinburgh - and visitors - the city is shortly going to be a very much more dangerous place to get around. Even at the moment with Princes Street currently open to cyclists, taxis and the buses, we have had a large number of cycle accidents due to cyclists getting their wheels stuck in tram lines.
This is going to get very much worse when Shandwick Place, West Maitland Street, Haymarket, St Andrew Square and York Place are opened up for cycle traffic. The number of accidents involving cyclists is bound...
actionman writes on 8 February 2013, 4.22pm:
Transport Convenor, Lesley Hinds, has announced that the City Council will pay for the extension of the concessionary travel scheme to all those who wish to travel on the light railway "tram" once it starts operating.
Doubtless this will be a significant morale boost to the countless thousands of concessionary card holders who saw the possibility of being denied a tram ride as a bitter body blow, however, as the city will have to pay for the cost of this themselves, I suspect that Councillor Hinds is hoping that the bill will not be too large in these times of austerity.
But the planners of the light railway "tram" have virtually ensured that the take-up will be relatively small, because the majority of tram stops are not in locations which will be much use to concessionary card holders. With only one stop in Princes Street and one in St Andrew Square, where you alight for the main railway station at Waverley, or struggle uphill from the...
actionman writes on 8 January 2013, 5.37pm:
You would think that the delivery of the last tram to make up the 27 that we will have clogging up the Gogar Depot, that this was some sort of a major triumph in the way it was reported in the press and generally in the media!
The fact that Council officials have front loaded this project and spent many, many millions of taxpayers pounds on unwanted and unnecessary trams, rails, overhead electric cabling and poles, to mention but a few of the many extravagances of the Council officials, should be a cause for extreme anger and heads should roll - but they wont!
We have the same inefficient crew telling our Councillors what to do, who were the architects of the Central Edinburgh Transport Management plan, which was a disaster and then the same bunch failed miserably over the Congestion Charge proposals. Now they are blundering about over the tram project - but no one will go - perhaps the Councillors are afraid to get rid of them?
Just think, for the close on...