City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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New Bus Firm Chair To Be Based In London

City of Edinburgh Council's has recommended a London-based candidate Chris Walton as its preferred choice for the position of Non-Executive Chair of Lothian Buses.

Edinburgh Council and Businesses To Trial Electric Scooters

Edinburgh City Council staff are getting on their electric bikes this Summer. Electric scooter service provider Go Zypper is providing the Council with four scooters, for free, to be trialled over four to six months from 1st May. Staff will use the bikes to commute to and from work, go out on Council business and for personal use.

Bike Station Launches Edinburgh Innertube Map

Innertube Edinburgh

Anyone who cycles regularly in Edinburgh will probably be familiar with the SPOKES cycle map, with its detailed breakdown of Edinburgh roads and rides.

The King's Speech Takes Top Awards at Oscars

Colin Firth arrives with Livia Giuggioli at the 83rd Academy Awards

Edinburgh-set The Illusionist didn't manage an upset on Oscar night, but Colin Firth and The King's Speech had cause to celebrate.

Oscar Predictions 2011 - Who Will Win?

Colin Firth, King's Speech

Last year I did pretty well with my Oscar predictions when not deviating too far from the bookies' favourites. You know they do their homework. Longshots very rarely make it.

Land Purchases Still Needed For Trams

Tram displayed on Princes Street

We're catching up on the trams latest today. Yesterday, we learned that the trams project still needs more land. The Scottish Government is extending the time limits of the original legislation that gives the Council powers to compulsorily purchase land for the project.

The Man Who Wants Most Unpopular Job in Edinburgh

Vic Emery

The City of Edinburgh Council's recruitment committee has recommended Vic Emery as its preferred candidate for the position of combined chair for the boards of its wholly owned companies Transport

Audience Award Sponsor Pulling Out of Edinburgh Film Festival

Aaron Schneider receives the 2010 Standard Life Audience Award for his black comedy "Get Low"

The Edinburgh Film Festival is truly getting a big shake-up whether it likes it or not. We knew funding would be an issue this year following the loss of a £1.9 million three-year grant from the UK Film Council.

Trams Mediation To Complete "By Mid-March"

Today the BSC consortium and Edinburgh Trams have issued a statement after reports that Tie was stalling mediation efforts so that the process would be delayed until after the Scottish Parliamentry Election in May.

Council Okays Haymarket Station Upgrade

Edinburgh Haymarket, Sept 2007

Edinburgh City Council has given an unenthusiastic okay for the revised plans for £30 million expansion of Haymarket Station (Edinburgh's West End railway station). The project will see a new building extended out beyond the existing historic facade (see above), with a new concourse, 12 ticket gates, glass lifts, and a glass bridge across the track to the platforms. Work is expected to start next year and be completed by 2013 or early 2014.

25,000th Bike Rolls Into Bike Station

Six years after its launch, Edinburgh bicycle recycling depot the Bike Station has taken in its 25,000th bike. The bike was a Fifties, British-built, ladies bike, still in very good condition, although made of a heavy steel frame.

More Weather Disruption At Edinburgh Airport

You thought it was over? Seems BAA, who run Edinburgh Airport, are still getting to grips with the local snow. The airport was closed again early yesterday after a larger than expected overnight snowfall.

Seeking Inspiration From Edinburgh On Film

The Illusionist George Street

The end of the year is approaching and the Filmhouse is hosting a season of films featuring Edinburgh as part of the Hogmanay festivities.

Trains Continue to Struggle With Freezing Cold

Snow on Waverley

Has day-to-day freezing ice and snow become the new normal? It seems to have been going on for ever. First it was Snowvember, now De-icember, in what has been the worst weather conditions in  living memory. With climatologists (such as former government chief scientific advisor David King) suggesting that cold winters come in multiple years, we may need to get used to these bitterly cold conditions.

New Transport Minister Appointed

Keith Brown

Alex Salmond has appointed Keith Brown (pictured), formerly Minister for Skills and Lifelong learning, to replace Stewart Stevenson as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

"Unprecedented" Weather Claims Climate Minister

Stewart Stevenson with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Copenhagen

After the deep freeze on the roads, the political heat proved too much. Stewart Stevenson was forced to resign from his ministerial post yesterday.

Weather-beaten Edinburgh Battles Back to Normality

Snow on the Sphinxes

Three days after Scotland's "perfect storm" (as Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has dubbed Monday's transport network seizure), conditions look to be getting better.

Travel Disruption Continues As Temperatures Drop

Travel disruption is continuing across Scotland. Edinburgh was around -13C last night and the Met Office is forecasting a high of -6C during the day. Obviously, the problem on roads is ice, not just snow with traffic crawling along.

Edinburgh Snowed Under (Pictures)

Holed up

Now that Edinburgh has been in the grip of the severe winter weather for almost a week it seems like  a good time to review the situation so far.

Edinburgh Council Backs Last Ditch Trams Mediation

Edinburgh Tram - But Who's In the Driving Seat?

The City of Edinburgh Council voted to back mediation between Edinburgh Trams company Tie and its lead contractor Bilfinger Berger today. Jenny Dawe today tabled the Emergency Motion on the Edinburgh Tram Project, which would see the Council leader "take all appropriate steps to facilitate mediation".