Edinburgh Tram Works Stifle the City
Why has the City Council decided it must punish its citizens? The cancerous tram road works, closures, diversions, route changes and alterations seem never ending and everyone in the city, be they a pedestrian, cyclist or car driver is bemused, bewildered and angry at the incompetent way that the City Council have vested this wanton destruction of what should be an immensely attractive city to visit.
The tragedy is that things are going to get very much worse once the light railway is forced through the city via St Andrew Square to York Place. But don't be fooled, this is indeed a light railway and not a 'tram' as we all used to know them.
We are going to have the main intended through routes of the city virtually deserted while the traffic is forced through all the residential areas to the detriment of the health of some 139,500 households (some 279,000 individuals as a minimum). But our happy go lucky Councillors sit back and pretend that everything is just wonderful - and that "we will love it all in due course" - what rubbish!
The tram programme will steadily devour up masses of road space with every yard of track that is laid. People coming into the city better get used to horrendous delays, grid-lock and and an impossible parking situation. Clearly the Council are at war with the motorist as well as with the cyclists and the pedestrians, because nothing seems to have been constructed with the benefit of the ratepayers of Edinburgh in mind.
Where does the tram link with Waverley, the main railway station? It does not!
How many stops are there in Princes Street? There is only one!
How many people can actually have a seat out of a capacity of some 250? Only seventy eight - the rest have to stand - welcome to Edinburgh after your flight across the Atlantic!
With the Council having attempted to brush off the residents complaints at the hearing before the UN Aarhus Commission last week, the Council seem to feel that this is merely an unwelcome minor distraction and can in effect be ignored. The Councillors have taken the view that, "those people in Geneva are irrelevant and can do nothing to upset the way Edinburgh City Council conducts its business".
Perhaps it is time the Council started being honest with its citizens - why did they deliberately arrange to avoid a Public Inquiry before starting work and spending millions and millions of public money? Why do they now refuse point blank to either release pollution data and why do they refuse to recalculate data on pollution when they have been told by DEFRA that they have not calculated it correctly?
This is a Council staffed by incompetent and inadequate politicians with devious Council officers. At every stage they have tried to hide the true facts, because it has suited people who have received payments for non-executive roles and for appointments to Council Committees in spite of the fact that, by their own admission , they were never in a thousand years qualified to hold these positions. Let us hope that the residents of Edinburgh throw them all out of office next May.