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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #101
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Trial ferry run following Forth Road Bridge closure

Edinburgh Evening News - 9th December, 2015

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A trial ferry crossing from Rosyth to South Queensferry was held on Sunday as transport bosses investigate ways of alleviating the chaos caused by the temporary closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

The owners of the Maid of the Forth, a 225-capacity vessel normally used to take tourists to Inchcolm Abbey, confirmed last night they were in discussions with transport and port authorities over providing a commuter service.

The ferry sailed from the Port of Rosyth to Hawes Pier, with a crossing time of 30 minutes.

The final decision on whether to provide a ferry service rests with Transport Scotland. A spokesman said all options were actively being considered.

“We are in discussions with ferry operators and will consider this in the context of the operation of the travel plan, which we will continue to adjust as necessary,” he said.

Transport minister Derek McKay announced on Friday the Forth Road Bridge will remain closed until January, causing havoc for thousands of commuters.

On a typical weekday, an average of 70,000 vehicles use the crossing and at peak morning time around 6300 vehicles cross the structure southbound.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the owners of the Maid of the Forth said: “The only option available is a Rosyth - Hawes Pier service, which would use the ferry terminal at Rosyth which is owned by Forth Ports.

“We carried out a trial run on Sunday with Transport Scotland, Calmac and Forth Ports to work out logistics. There would have to be additional security and safe passenger walkways set up at Rosyth, buses organised at both ends and ticketing arrangements sorted out.

“There are a lot of different organisations that need to work together to make it work so it is not something we can do on our own. The upshot is that it is definitely possible, but the decision whether it is to go ahead lies with the transport minister at the moment.”

Stagecoach has ruled out operating a service between Kirkcaldy and Portobello, following a successful trial in 2007, when some 32,000 passengers crossed the Forth via hovercraft.

There was anger from Fife councillors and operators Stagecoach when City of Edinburgh Council refused planning permission for a hovercraft terminal to be built at Portobello in 2011.

The decision led Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Soutar to throw in the towel, declaring he was “scunnered”.

Fife Council had previously backed a plan to build a ferry terminal at a former bus depot on Kirkcaldy Esplanade.

A new firm, Forthfast, was founded in 2014 with the aim of reviving the Stagecoach plans.

In February, Fife Council extended a planning condition requiring the Kirkcaldy bus depot to be demolished, handing Forthfast more time to plan its crossing proposals.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, transport convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The council has carried out a number of studies and market testing with partners, including Fife Council, exploring the possibility of a cross Forth passenger service, both traditional ferry and hovercraft.

“To date no commercially viable service has been identified but we are happy to engage with any prospective operator and there have been discussions with representatives of Forthfast about their proposal.”

The last regular ferry service between Fife and Lothian, the Queensferry Passage, ended in 1964 following the opening of the Forth Road Bridge.

Previous routes included a rail ferry between Granton and Burntisland.

Scotrail said it was providing an additional 6500 seats following the road bridge’s closure by pulling carriages from other services and taking trains out of refurbishment programmes, increasing its capacity by 40 per cent.


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Old December 11th, 2015, 03:04 PM   #102
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Disappointment at Sheriffhall delays

Midlothian Advertiser - 8th December, 2015

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Midlothian North’s MSP is keeping up the pressure on the Scottish Government for improvements to take place at Sheriffhall roundabout.

Colin Beattie (SNP) has expressed his frustration at the news that the proposal for potential grade separation for the Sheriffhall roundabout will be delayed until next year at the earliest.

The news came in response to a question Mr Beattie sent to the Scottish Government asking for an update on the roundabout.

Derek Mackay, the minister for transport and the islands, responded by saying that the preferred option for the junction improvement will not be available for public comment until summer 2016.

Mr Beattie had previously written to the Scottish Government last December, with the response saying that the preferred option for junction improvement was to be announced in autumn 2015.

Mr Beattie said: “I am extremely disappointed with this news. I had hoped we would be further along with this process by now, but clearly that’s not the case.

“I’m sure Midlothian drivers must be sick of listening out for traffic reports only to hear that, yet again, there are major delays at the Sheriffhall roundabout.

“Sheriffhall was supposedly designed to ease congestion on our roads but, if anything, it’s made matters worse.

“I will continue to press on this issue until we finally get a solution that will improve the situation.”

Gordon Henderson from the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland, said it was “essential” that the improvement works there are done properly and that there were no more temporary fixes.

“It is disappointing that there is such a delay in progress but hopefully that is down to a permanent solution suitable for the next 50 years rather than five years being planned,” he added.

Midlothian councillor Ian Baxter (Green) said: “We need to resolve the issue of congestion and improvements to Sheriffhall must be part of that. As part of speeding up the traffic flow in the area we need to prioritise public transport and ensure safe routes for cyclists.

“I am concerned about congestion but it isn’t just about private motorists. There are two buses which pass through Sheriffhall.

“It is slowing everybody and we need to resolve that as soon as possible.”


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Whatever happened the the idea by Brian Souter to run a hovercraft across the Forth?
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Old December 15th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #104
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Whatever happened the the idea by Brian Souter to run a hovercraft across the Forth?
CEC refused permission for landing/passenger facilities at Portobello which killed it off. That was around four years ago, though last year it was announced a new company, Forthfast, aims to have a Kirkcaldy-Newhaven hovercraft service operational by 2016.
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CEC refused permission for landing/passenger facilities at Portobello which killed it off. That was around four years ago, though last year it was announced a new company, Forthfast, aims to have a Kirkcaldy-Newhaven hovercraft service operational by 2016.
And how convenient it would be if there was a tram waiting for them at Newhaven.....
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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #106
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New Transport for Edinburgh Travelshop

Lothian Buses - 5th January, 2016

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Transport for Edinburgh will open the doors on a new west end Travelshop in the New Year.

The Travelshop in Clifton Terrrace (opposite Haymarket Station) will open to the public on 5 January.

Along with the current Travelshops in Hanover Street, Waverley Bridge and Jarnac Court in Dalkeith, customers can pick up timetables, buy tickets and get help with their Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams journeys.
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Lothian Buses - 5th January, 2016
Interesting that TfE are embarking on a strategy of opening new travelshops instead of investing in technology to negate the need for them in the first place e.g. Online top-ups, contactless payments on buses etc. Complete opposite direction to TfL who are closing most of their ticket offices down.
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Interesting that TfE are embarking on a strategy of opening new travelshops instead of investing in technology to negate the need for them in the first place e.g. Online top-ups, contactless payments on buses etc. Complete opposite direction to TfL who are closing most of their ticket offices down.
I suspect it just makes sense in the short term to have a shop near Haymarket. The Hanover Street shop seems a bit redundant.

You can already buy and load tickets on your phone with their App and going forward, I'm sure they will be looking at more and more technology.
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Scottish first for Edinburgh with live transport updates in Google Maps

Lothian Buses - 5th January, 2015

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Bus and tram passengers in Edinburgh will be the first in Scotland to access real-time service information in Google Maps. From 4th January the partnership between Transport for Edinburgh and Google will help travellers to plan their journeys more effectively and get live updates.

Google Maps will know where all buses and trams are on the network at any time, allowing it to show expected times of arrival and any service delays, and the information will be incorporated into Google Maps' journey planning functions.

The new technology is also fully integrated with the Transport for Edinburgh app and the websites for Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams.

What this means for our passengers

• Live journey planning is now available on Google Maps on desktop and mobile, lothianbuses.com, edinburghtrams.com and the Transport for Edinburgh app for iOS and Android
• When you plan a journey, it takes any delays or diversions into account - and gives you journeys with up-to-the minute ETAs
• If a bus or tram is delayed, you'll be shown alternate journeys that will get you to your destination quicker

John McEvoy, Digital Designer at Transport for Edinburgh said:

We know how important it is for our customers to have timely and accurate information so we’re really pleased that we’ve been able to work with Google on being the first Scottish city to introduce this service. With our travel and mobile ticketing apps, and free wi-fi across the bus and trams fleet, we’re continuing to make use of technology to provide our customers with an even better experience.

Transport data specialists ITO World and the City of Edinburgh Council have also supported the initiative. As an agency for Google's public transit data, ITO provides data conversion and quality improvement services to help ensure public transport information in Google Maps is as consistently accurate as possible.
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Edinburgh road named as most congested in UK outside London

STV News - 15th March, 2016

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A main road leading through Edinburgh has been named as the most congested route in the UK outside London.

Traffic delays were up in almost two-thirds of UK cities, a new report shows, with drivers spending an average of 30 hours in congestion last year.

Analyst INRIX named the A8 in Edinburgh, leading from Princes Street to Maybury Road in the west of the city, as the most congested road outside of London.

Motorists spend an average of 43 hours sitting in delays per year on the 5.3 mile route.

The report said the road was at its worst in the afternoon and the most congested peak period is Tuesday at 5pm.

The INRIX scorecard was released just a week after Friends of the Earth Scotland named St John's Road, which is part of the A8, as Scotland's most polluted.

The A8 beat routes in Manchester and Newcastle to the dubious title.

London was named the most congested city in the world, surpassing 100 hours spent in gridlock per driver in 2015.

Of the countries measured in the scorecard, the US leads with the highest annual hours wasted in traffic – an average of nearly 50 hours in 2015 – outranking Belgium at 44 hours, Netherlands at 39 hours, Germany at 38 hours and Luxembourg at 33 hours.

Switzerland ranked the same as the UK on 30 hours, while drivers in France spent an average of 28 hours in traffic.
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Scottish canal clearance action to shift 70 years of silt

The Scotsman - 18th March, 2016

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Clearance of a 70-year build-up of silt that boaters claim has made one of Scotland’s most popular canals virtually unnavigable is finally under way, The Scotsman has learned.

New machines are dredging and cutting back weeds on the Union Canal between Falkirk and Edinburgh at the start of a determined effort by Scottish Canals to tackle the problem.

The Scottish Government-funded body, which launched the project this month, plans to dredge 3,500 tonnes by next March compared to 2,000 tonnes last year.

However, canal users said they remained to be convinced the targets would be met after Scottish Canals scaled back plans in 2013 to dredge 4,000 tonnes a year, because of funding cuts.

They contrasted that with £1 million being announced this month to revamp the Falkirk Wheel visitor attraction.

Ronnie Rusack, chairman of the Lowland Canals Volunteer Group, which also covers the neighbouring Forth & Clyde Canal, said the Union should be 5ft deep but was now only 2ft deep in the middle and inches deep at the sides.

He said: “Boats can hardly pass each other, they cannot manoeuvre, and can’t reach the bank if they get into trouble.”

Pat Bowie, general manager of Re-Union Canal Boats, said: “Over the years it has got worse and worse. If you cannot get on top of the dredging, the canal is going to come to a standstill.”

Scottish Canals said it was confident of making progress after buying £271,000 of equipment and taking over the job from contractors to save £50,000 a year.

Chief executive Steve Dunlop said: “We have not been able to do as much dredging as we would have liked in recent years and know certain locations pose navigational problems for full-draft boats.

“However, we’re dealing with 70 years of silt build-up and it will take major investment of many millions of pounds to completely clear the entire length of the Lowland canals for full-depth vessels.

We’re confident boaters will see an improvement in the navigational channels over the coming year.”

Transport minister Derek Mackay said: “This work will help ensure the safe navigation of the Lowland canals by leisure craft while enabling progress towards the Scottish Government’s aspiration of growth in the numbers of boats navigating these vital tourism assets.”



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Lothian Buses announces expansion plans

BBC News - 25th March, 2016

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Lothian Buses has announced plans to recruit up to 40 new drivers and 10 apprentice engineers.

It said it plans to provide extra services to meet extra demand. Frequency is to be increased on many of its routes.

Lothian Buses is the UK's largest publicly-owned bus company and employs over 2,000 staff.

The company said it would increase the cost of its single fares by 10p - to £1.60 for adults, 80p for children.

It said £18.5m has been invested in a fleet of 85 low-emission and ultra-low emission buses since 2011.

General manager Jim McFarlane said: "We're very pleased that this latest timetable and fare review has allowed us to improve services while also maintaining prices for the vast majority of our regular and loyal passengers.

"The changes we have made are a direct response to feedback from our customers and we're in a position to introduce them thanks to continued strong business performance over many years."

He added: "As one of Edinburgh's largest employers we are delighted to have the opportunity to add to our team. We are also pleased that Lothian Buses will be able to benefit the city's environment with further investment in low emission vehicles."
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An integrated transport system – giving Edinburgh a competitive edge

The Herald - 3rd May, 2016

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Delivering a truly integrated transport infrastructure for Scotland’s Capital means much more than adding stops to the tram line or putting on late trains during the Edinburgh Festival.

It is essential that we don’t rest on our laurels and seek ongoing enhancement of our public transport to ensure we are a truly international standard city competing with the best of them. It’s great that our transport system has seen a significant level of development in recent years, contributing to our position as a modern, world class city.

The Borders Railway is now up and running expanding the local economies along the route. The challenges that came with delivering the trams project are now making way for long term, commercial benefits. Indeed there is already a lot of talk about potential extensions. The re-development of Haymarket train station and the ongoing enhancement of the rail network across the board – particularly the modernisation of the routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh – will also support long term growth. The ongoing Queen Street Tunnel works and electrification of the main rail line between the cities will inevitably cause inconvenience for commuters but create a more efficient service in the long term.

Transport infrastructure in the Capital has never before been so conducive to positive economic expansion.

Edinburgh Airport is seeing a higher level of passengers than ever before, contributing nearly £1bn to the Scottish economy and supporting more than 23,000 jobs.

This is all hugely encouraging but there is still a long way to go.

The proposed and much anticipated adoption of smart ticketing across the national rail service will be a major boost. It’s something commuters will undoubtedly adapt to and it will provide valuable data and insights to inform a more effective operation.

Integration is the key focus however, allowing improved connectivity within the city and between Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland. Manchester is a great example of how an integrated, multi-modal transport system can work. While Edinburgh, like any city, has its own specific needs, such as Edinburgh’s role as a gateway to Scotland, its success is something the Capital can perhaps aspire to.

Lothian Buses’ investment of £18.5 million in hybrid buses and the Scottish Government’s ‘Green Bus Fund’ means that we have the greenest bus fleet outside of London. While Edinburgh has one of the highest use of buses in the UK, the city can only achieve its environmental goals if the appeal of all modes of local transport grows. Improved integration, accessibility, convenience and affordability is key.

Edinburgh locals can only sympathise with Glasgow residents ahead of the massive inconvenience and upheaval the SPT Subway closure will create this summer. The multi-million pound modernisation is by no means a direct comparison to the trams project, but it does make you appreciate the value of smooth operating system. However, while we can look on in relief that its them and not us, Edinburgh needs to be prepared for Glasgow’s new found level of competition that will come with the completion of the works and use it to spur us on to push for further improvements.

As Edinburgh’s City Deal and City Vision come to fruition in the near future, continued investment in transport infrastructure is a welcomed priority. In the meantime however, we must make better use of the local transport services we have to demonstrate its value, meet environmental goals and put in practice what an integrated system could deliver.

Liz McAreavey is acting chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
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Edinburgh voted easiest city in the UK to travel in

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Edinburgh and Glasgow have been ranked among the top cities in the UK to travel in.

Researchers rated 33 cities across the UK in terms of travelling locally and also travelling from, taking into account attitudes towards public transport.

Edinburgh ranked the UK's easiest city to travel within, scoring 6.55 out of 10, with Glasgow coming fifth, scoring 6.37 out of ten.

Stirling was the best-performing Scottish city in making journeys to further afield, finishing fifth with a score of six out of ten. Inverness finished eighth, scoring 5.94 out of ten.

York took the top spot as the easiest city to conduct a long journey from, scoring 6.21 out of ten.

Researchers for ESP Group's easy travel index found that 53% of 3331 people quizzed in the 33 cities claimed public transport does not meet their needs.

People over the age of 60 showed a strong preference for the car, with 70% of the group choosing to drive locally and car ownership being the highest among the age group.

The easy travel index also showed clear differences between younger and older generations, with people aged 16 to 20 worrying the most when travelling.

Almost half (47%) worried about getting lost, 37% were concerned about personal safety and 36% stressed about not having the right documents.

Dr Steve Cassidy, director of future transport at ESP Group, said: "With over half of the British public of the view that public transport does not meet their needs, and some common problems needing to be addressed, there are many opportunities for cities to improve their performance.

"We will be repeating this research on an annual basis and I look forward to seeing some of those cities towards the bottom of the easy travel index improve their rankings."
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Lothian Buses report record numbers in 2015

Edinburgh Reporter - 29th June 2016

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Over 121 million passengers travelled on Lothian Buses services in 2015. This is a rise of 3 million on the previous year and bucks the downward trend of bus journeys elsewhere in the country.

The company’s annual report has now been published showing that from its annual income of £142 million the company invested £7.6 million in 20 new low emissions buses which use diesel and electric, and 12 new Euro 6 low emission vehicles for the 100 route to the airport. The operating profit was slightly down on the previous year, but still allowed the bus company to provide a dividend of £5 million to the City of Edinburgh Council who are the main shareholder.

Jim McFarlane, Chair of Lothian Buses, said: “The accounts show that we continue to buck the national trend, once again increasing our passenger numbers and revenue on the strength of the safe, reliable, efficient and highly regarded service that we provide. Our strong performance and effective management of cost pressures also mean that we can again return a £5.5m dividend to the shareholders while also investing more in the next generation of environmentally friendly buses as we aim to reduce our carbon footprint further and improve local air quality. I must commend the whole team, including our drivers, engineers and management, who continue to deliver one of the best bus services in the UK year after year.”

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, added: “This is a business that has a long track record of delivering high quality services on a foundation of continuing investment and innovation. We need to go forward with this model to maintain our position as one of the country’s leading bus operators. This is important not only for the thousands of customers who use Lothian Buses network of services every day but also for the city as a whole. Our services are essential for the health of both Scotland and Edinburgh’s wider economy.”

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Good to see. And good to see the trams have not been the ruination of the buses as some (though not on here IIRC) boldly claimed.
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Vintage buses to operate in Capital for one day

Edinburgh Evening News - 25th July 2016

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Buses from the middle of last century are set to return to the streets of Edinburgh for a day.

Passengers will be able to ride in the vintage vehicles between Lothian Road and Newhaven as part of Doors Open Day on Saturday, September 24.

Lothian Buses will run the special service along part of the regular No 16 route, including a stop close to their Central Depot in Annandale Street, where visitors will be offered the chance to see behind the scenes.

Among the attractions at the depot will be the chance to sit on board a double-decker as it goes through the bus wash.

The vintage buses will run from the Filmhouse in Lothian Road, via Princes Street, St Andrew Square, York Place and Leith Walk to Newhaven.

About a dozen vehicles will be involved, most of them normally housed at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in Dunfermline.

They will run at least every ten minutes between 9am and 6pm and normal Lothian Buses fares will apply.

Lothian Buses managing director Richard Hall said: “We are really excited to be able to offer trips on vintage buses as part of our Doors Open Day programme this year.

“We hope that by giving people this rare opportunity to travel back in time on these special services, it will add to what is already a very popular event in Edinburgh.”

The Annandale Street depot is a favourite place for people to visit during Doors Open Day, with around 4000 people passing through its doors during the four hours it is open.

As well as the chance to go through the bus wash, the depot will have a display of new and vintage buses and there will be tours around the listed building, highlighting aspects of its history.

Children will have the chance to sit in the bus driver’s seat.

There will also be scale-model bus “racing” operated by mobile motorsport event organiser The Racing Bug.

And the event will include a range of activities for children of all ages including face painting and a bouncy castle.

The depot will be open, free to visitors, from noon until 4pm on September 24.

This year, Lothian Buses will be supporting Guide Dogs Scotland and Poppy Scotland with donation buckets at the doors and throughout the depot.

Doors Open Day is now in its 26th year, offering free access to significant buildings in the Capital, giving people a glimpse behind the scenes. Venues also often include talks or events to help bring the history of the buildings to life.

The annual city-wide event was started by the Cockburn Association in 1991 as a celebration of Edinburgh’s architecture, culture and heritage.

It has grown steadily over the years and now sees thousands of people flocking to see the inside of familiar buildings which are not normally open to the public or which normally charge an admission fee.

This year’s programme is still being finalised but is expected to be published next month.
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Not long back from hols in Calif incl SF and much taken with the streetcars. Unlike the more famous vintage cablecars which had prohibitive queues, these bad boys (I think brought in from Europe - e.g. Milan - and other US cities) were running on useful routes as a proper part of the transport system. I have a big softspot for art deco.

Great if suitably greenified vintage buses ran a core central tourist route - haymarket - Princes st, bridges, Holrood or whatnot.

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Capital's first new 20mph zone goes live

City of Edinburgh Council - 27th July 2016

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Police Scotland and Sustrans Scotland joined the City of Edinburgh Council's Transport Convener today to mark the launch of the first zone in the Capital's new 20mph limit rollout.

Phase 1 of the rollout of a 20mph speed limit on all residential, shopping and city centre streets in the Capital goes live on Sunday 31 July 2016, when a Traffic Regulation Order formalising the reduction in the speed limit comes into force.

Councillors approved a new speed limit network for Edinburgh at the Transport and Environment Committee on 13 January 2015, following extensive public consultation with local communities, businesses and other stakeholders.

In becoming Scotland's first 20mph city, Edinburgh follows a growing number of European and UK cities (eg Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cambridge and much of inner London) in introducing slower speeds. The project extends 20mph speed limits to approximately 80% of Edinburgh’s streets and there is strong support from city residents for the move*.

The new speed limits are aimed at increasing safety for all road users as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets. A network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph.

Slower speeds bring many benefits to places and people. They help to reduce the risk and severity of collisions, encourage people to walk and cycle and spend more time in an area, boosting trade for local businesses.

The reduced speed makes it easier to cross roads, particularly for children and older people.

In preparation for the 'go live' on Sunday 31 July, large 20mph signs have been erected in Zone 1 over the past few weeks, marking the entrance and exit of a 20mph area where the speed limit is changing. These are supplemented by smaller repeater signs or road markings with speed limit roundels

As part of the 20mph programme, existing signage is being reviewed and reinforced. Any existing signage which is no longer needed will be removed and reused where possible.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "Slower speeds bring many benefits to the urban environment, making streets more people-friendly, promoting active travel (and thereby improving public health) and reducing the risk and severity of road collisions. The majority of Edinburgh residents support our 20mph scheme and we know that other local authorities in the rest of Scotland are closely monitoring our experience.

"We've been working towards this rollout for a number of years now and I'm delighted to see the first phase going live. Changing driver behaviour is not an overnight thing, obviously, and it will take a bit of time for it to become second nature. Experience here from our South Edinburgh pilot and from schemes elsewhere shows that support for 20mph increases after implementation as people welcome the benefits.

"We'll continue to help people adapt to the new limit throughout the rollout, through awareness raising and education campaigns."

Chief Inspector Mark Rennie of Police Scotland said: “We remain committed to casualty reduction on our roads and whenever we observe motorists disobeying the 20mph speed limit, or where the public tell us there is an ongoing problem, we will respond appropriately.

“Changes to road layouts, proper signage and continued engagement with the public are the keys to ensuring the speed limit is adhered to, however, police will give due attention to areas around schools to ensure public safety.”

John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said: "Sustrans is pleased to see the first phase of the 20mph zones being implemented across Edinburgh. The benefits of introducing slower speeds within urban areas are well evidenced across the world and Edinburgh is doing the right thing making this change.

"Over time this programme will ensure that the city’s streets become safer and more pleasant for us all with less traffic noise and more social interaction across our neighbourhoods. In particular, we hope that slower and more predictable traffic speeds coupled with the Council’s programme to create better public places will encourage more people to switch to cycling and walking for every day short trips. With leadership from councils like Edinburgh many more 20mph zones will be introduced across Scotland.”

Around 50% of Edinburgh’s streets already have a 20mph limit. The project extends the 20mph speed limit to the city centre, main shopping streets, residential areas and areas with high levels of pedestrian and/or cyclist activity. Streets that do not fall within these categories will generally have a speed limit of 30 mph and 40mph.

Following the South Edinburgh pilot, a 1000-person survey found support for 20mph rose from 68% before to 79% after implementation. Walking trips rose 7%, cycling trips rose 5% and car trips fell by 3%.

The rollout of 20mph speed limits across Edinburgh will be carried out in phases as follows:

Zone One
City Centre and Rural West (South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno). Speed limit applies from 31 July 2016
Zone Two
North. Speed limit applies from 28 February 2017
Zone Three
South Central/East. Speed limit applies from 28 February 2017
Zone Four
North West. Speed limit applies from 31 July 2017
Zone Five
West. Speed limit applies from 31 July 2017
Zone Six
South. Speed limit applies from 31 January 2018

Did you know?

- Pedestrians are 7 times less likely to be fatally injured if hit by a car at 20mph compared to 30mph
- 20mph creates a better environment for people to walk and cycle
- 20mph neighbourhoods have higher levels of social interaction
- 20mph streets allow children to play outside safely and be more physically active
- 20mph streets have less traffic noise
- 20mph encourages a smoother driving style with less stopping and starting leading to reductions in emissions and fuel consumption
- 20mph is designed to be self-enforcing with no new speed humps
- 20mph gives drivers more time to react
- Research shows that every 1mph reduction in average speeds is likely to result in a 6% fall in the number of casualties
- Police Scotland are supportive of lower speeds and are working with the Council to achieve this
- Impact on car journey times is expected to be minimal with no significant change to bus journey times
- Businesses can benefit from a more pleasant environment for shopping, work and leisure

Public support

*There has been a high level of support for 20mph speed limits amongst Edinburgh residents for a number of years. The 2012 Edinburgh People’s Survey suggested a generally very high level of support for extending 20mph speed limits. The highest level of support was for such limits in ‘residential’ streets, with 75% in favour, 2% opposed, 23% unsure. For busy shopping streets support was 69 % with 4 % opposed and 27 % unsure. For all city centre streets support was 67 % with 5 % opposed and 29 % unsure.

The Council’s decision to implement the new speed limit citywide was outlined in its 2014-2019 Local Transport Strategy (external link).

South Edinburgh Pilot

The Council implemented a pilot scheme in South Edinburgh in March 2012. As part of the evaluation a survey of 1000 local residents was carried in February and March 2013. The results of the survey were very positive, with 79% supportive of the new speed limit and only 4% against it. There was also an increase in people’s feelings of safety and in how happy they felt to walk or cycle in the area. The average speed in streets with the new limit fell to 20.9mph, a fall of just under 2mph.
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