City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh Transport Blog

edg writes on 18 December 2013, 7.53am:

Transport for Edinburgh, the organisation that runs public transport in the capital, showed off its new branding yesterday after a tram rolled into the St Andrew Square stop.

As well as a new crossed tracks logo, tram drivers and other operational staff were in the uniforms they’ll wear when passengers start using the service in Spring 2014.

Lothian Buses vehicles will be updated as part of an ongoing process to align the fleet to the new look. Both vehicles will retain the ‘madder’ colour scheme.

A 2.1km section of track between the Gogar Tram depot and Edinburgh Park Station was also handed over yesterday. It means that nearly 5km of track is now in the hands of the Council, which Edinburgh Trams can use for driver training.

While the immediate focus is on the Spring 2014 launch of the £776m line, Cllr Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener and Chair of Transport for Edinburgh, used the unveiling of the new branding to talk about Transport for Edinburgh's...

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Lorraine Martin from Diageo and Sarah Boyd from Lothian Buses announce free buses at Hogmanay

edg writes on 10 December 2013, 9.58pm:

Many Hogmanay revellers will be able to start 2014 with a free bus ride home or back to their Edinburgh accommodation.

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have teamed up with booze company Diageo and Lothian Buses to provide the free bus service for the audience at the New Year's celebrations with the free services operating from 00:20am to 04:00am on Tuesday 1 January from the city centre to a range of destinations. Organisers Unique Events and Underbelly said details will be available on the event site.

Some of the 80,000 tickets to the Hogmanay Street Party on 31st December are still available, although the Concert in the Gardens and Keilidh have sold out.

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “Edinburgh’s...

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edg writes on 23 October 2013, 6.39pm:

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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Tram Works Shandwick Place

edg writes on 18 October 2013, 7.04pm:

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".

“With the...

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Tram at the Gyle

edg writes on 8 October 2013, 8.43am:

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...

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Edinburgh Trams awaiting use

edg writes on 18 September 2013, 5.48pm:

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.

However, at £7.50 (£4 child fare), a return tram fare from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre will cost more than the current Airlink bus service at £6 return.

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. ...

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edg writes on 1 September 2013, 8.30am:

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.

More trains

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,...

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Edinburgh Trams at Depot

actionman writes on 30 July 2013, 12.21pm:

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...

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actionman writes on 29 July 2013, 4.43pm:

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...

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actionman writes on 11 February 2013, 11.51am:

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...

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