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Old January 29th, 2014, 11:19 AM   #41
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That's interesting reading. . . .
It is.

And if I am reading the data correctly, not only is Edinburgh showing the lowest proportion of car travel to work, but the surrounding catchment of Borders and West Lothian is near to the highest proportions, suggesting to me that the City possibly experiences one of the highest ratios of long- and medium-distance commuting by car to local commuting by car. (This is partly conjecture, as we can't see the actual journeys being taken by those commuters, only the districts in which their census return records their home).
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:04 PM   #42
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All of those seem like sensible proposals.

The bus station refurbishment should be a surprise given it's only 11 years old, but it seems to have had a fair share of problems.

The proposed work probably amounts to just reinstatement and adding retail units - a lot of seats were removed to put up scaffolding seemingly to pull down the plaster ceiling and blue feature lighting (I always meant to find out why) and still haven't been put back properly.
I seem to recall reading a few years back that was a plan to move the bus station to beside Waverley Station. Did anything ever come of this?
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Old January 29th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #43
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I seem to recall reading a few years back that was a plan to move the bus station to beside Waverley Station. Did anything ever come of this?
I think you're right. From memory, a relocated bus station was going to be part of the £400m Waverley redevelopment plan.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #44
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Lothian Buses carry 115m people in 2013

Edinburgh Evening News - 30th January, 2014

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Lothian Buses - Edinburgh’s main operator - celebrated a 25-year passenger high today by announcing it had carried 115.4 million people last year.

The 4.2 per cent increase comprised an extra 4.6m passengers on 2012.

The city council-owned firm said there had been “strong growth” in season ticket sales, tourist bus tours, and improved night buses which almost doubled their passenger count.

The growth suggests the company has thrown behind past problems caused by city centre tram works disruption which hit passenger numbers.

It also mirrors growth in other public transport, with ScotRail expecting to carry 85m passengers this year - up one third on a decade ago.

Chief executive Ian Craig said: “We’ve been really pleased by the increased patronage of our buses over the course of the past year and these figures show the appetite for good quality public transport.

“It’s especially positive news as we prepare to offer residents, workers and visitors more choice and capacity through integrated bus and tram services.”

David Birrell, chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “The obvious demand for public transport shown by these figures and the imminent arrival of trams gives encouragement that we’re on the right road.”

City council transport convener Lesley Hinds said: “Speaking as a regular passenger, I think Edinburgh is very fortunate to have such an excellent bus service.

“Judging by these figures, many other residents and visitors agree, and I’m delighted to see that.”

Night bus passengers increased by 44 per cent, while season ticket sales were up by 8.6 per cent.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:52 PM   #45
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It is.

And if I am reading the data correctly, not only is Edinburgh showing the lowest proportion of car travel to work, but the surrounding catchment of Borders and West Lothian is near to the highest proportions, suggesting to me that the City possibly experiences one of the highest ratios of long- and medium-distance commuting by car to local commuting by car. (This is partly conjecture, as we can't see the actual journeys being taken by those commuters, only the districts in which their census return records their home).
I think that's definitely the case - which is understandable in a way given Edinburgh's relative lack of commuter rail network. It's even more of a reason why projects like the trams and Borders railway are thoroughly good ideas, so how a climate exists where these projects are routinely criticised by supposed city residents is beyond me.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #46
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Does anyone know why there have been so much earth works at Leith harbour of late. Behind the harbour office here (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.98.../data=!3m1!1e3)

It's unrelated to the normal pipe movements and the road salt/sand store. I also think i saw a tarmac layer (hard to see from a distance). I doubt it's anything to do with a new finger pier but one can only hope. Has there been any news about that lately? I know the TIF has been dropped but the new road and finger pier would benefit Forth Ports more than the council and they just got a chunk of money from the OT sale.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #47
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A8 Corstorphine Road is most congested in Scotland

Edinburgh Evening News - 4th March, 2014

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Motorists spend an incredible 32 hours a year stuck in traffic on a five-mile stretch of road in Edinburgh which has been revealed as the most congested in Scotland.

The stretch of the A8 Corstorphine Road was also today revealed as being the second worst across the whole of the UK – outside of London – while a four-mile section of the city bypass, linking Musselburgh services and Wester Hailes, is ranked sixth in the gridlock black list.

The league table compiled by traffic information firm INRIX, whose data is used for car satnav systems, identifies the M6 at Birmingham as the UK’s worst for tailbacks.

Drivers on Corstorphine Road face being stuck in traffic for of 32 hours a year on average and 23 hours annually along the City Bypass.

Traffic jams along the A8 – between Princes Street and Maybury Road – are most likely at 5.15pm each day, the study shows, while drivers on the A720 can expect to face delays at 10.27am.

London motorists can waste up to 82 hours per year in traffic jams. Of the 25 most congested cities in Europe, London ranked second to Brussels, where the average motorist spends 83 hours a year stuck in traffic.

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “The gridlock is down to the failure of the authorities to improve the flow of traffic.

“Drivers are cutting back on their journeys because of the high cost of fuel, but there are still traffic jams, so they face a penalty in terms of losing time and, potentially, money.”

On average, UK drivers spent a total of 30 hours in traffic congestion in 2013 – one hour more than in 2012.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “Since 2007, we have invested over £2.6 billion to maintain and improve our trunk roads and motorways in Scotland with a further £700 million committed for trunk road investment this year alone. Over £108m of this has been invested specifically to maintain and improve the M8, with a further £6.6m earmarked for this purpose this financial year.

“More widely, we have only in recent days, concluded a £500m deal which will see the remaining 10km of the key route between Glasgow and Edinburgh upgaded to full motorway standard.

“When finished, this will reduce journey times along the M8 by around 20 minutes in peak periods, improve road safety, free up more road space, and the road infrastructure developed to support sustainable transport initiatives.”

Inrix president and chief *executive Bryan Mistele said there was a postive upshot from the figures. He said: “While bad news for drivers, the rises in traffic congestion in Europe are signs of a slowly recovering economy.”
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A8 Corstorphine Road is most congested in Scotland

Edinburgh Evening News - 4th March, 2014
Hysterical Evening News commenter-types will seek to blame anything but the core fact that too many cars = congestion.

It's really is a terrible shame that the council doesn't have the foresight and sense to plan some kind of high capacity public transport that would bring people from the west of the city into the city centre by avoiding all that congestion! If only...
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Hysterical Evening News commenter-types will seek to blame anything but the core fact that too many cars = congestion.

It's really is a terrible shame that the council doesn't have the foresight and sense to plan some kind of high capacity public transport that would bring people from the west of the city into the city centre by avoiding all that congestion! If only...
But the Evening News says the airport bus link that comes along Corstorphine Road never gets caught in traffic...
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Old March 10th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #50
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Borders Railway’s bypass plan on track, say bosses

Edinburgh Evening News - 10th March, 2014



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Rail bosses aim to have traffic back on the original route of the City Bypass by early May as they complete the most ambitious section of the Borders Railway project.

Up to 50,000 motorists a day have been diverted along a like-for-like dual carriageway since September last year while *engineers tunnel beneath the original bypass.

Beginning in April, the team behind the £300 million rail reopening will now transfer the A720 City Bypass from its temporary alignment back to its original position over the newly *constructed railway tunnel – at a site just 200m east of Sheriffhall Roundabout.

The temporary carriageway will then be removed to make way for the railway.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We have made progress with the project and it is on time and on schedule. Our *target now is to realign the bypass by late April/early May.

“The main tunnel beneath the bypass has been completed and we are currently strengthening the sidewalls.

“We are reasonably confident in realigning the bypass, it’s the same project we *completed without a hitch last September, but in reverse.”

The major engineering project has seen a 130ft-wide tunnel excavated beneath the vital road link. This excavation will allow a double track *section of rail to pass under the A720.

In January, rail chiefs announced the closure of a *section of the nearby A6106 – the main road into Millerhill, on the city’s outskirts – for six months.

The closure is to allow the road to be relaid so it bends around the 35-mile line *linking Edinburgh Waverley to the Borders. As a result delays have been encountered by motorists in the area – the A6106 is expected to reopen this *summer.

Hugh Wark, project director at Network Rail, said: “The alignment of the railway north of the City Bypass is entirely new, meaning that there are some significant obstacles to *overcome, including this stretch of the A6106.

“In the meantime, we have built a new road connecting the A7 [Old Dalkeith Road] to the new roundabout. This alternative route should help minimise disruption but we’d encourage residents and road users to drive with caution until they are familiar with the diversion.”

Midlothian councillor Derek Rosie, cabinet member with responsibility for roads, said: “We’ve been working with the Borders Railway team and we’re confident all is being done to keep disruption to a minimum while this important work is ongoing.”

Earlier this year the project saw the closure of the Hardengreen roundabout on the busy A7 in Midlothian – a key route into the Capital used by *thousands of commuters every day – to allow engineers to crane the beams of a vast bridge over the roundabout, a piece of work hailed as “a real piece of history in the making”.
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New Ridacard design taking on the Transport for Edinburgh branding. A small change in the grand scheme of things but a still a very welcome step towards integrating the trams and buses.

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Edinburgh buses better than Glasgow’s, says poll

Edinburgh Evening News - 26th March, 2014

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It's official - Edinburgh’s buses are more loved than Glasgow’s, with Lothian Buses today trouncing First Glasgow in the first independent poll by watchdog Passenger Focus.

The capital’s council-owned main bus operator scored higher than or the same as the FirstGroup-owned firm in all 34 categories of the survey.

However, more than nine in ten passengers were satisfied overall with both operators - 96 per cent with Lothian and 91 per cent with First.

Lothian’s figure was also higher than all 34 English operators surveyed in the report.

Passenger Focus chairman Colin Foxall said: “Lothian Buses scored outstandingly for overall satisfaction and value for money ratings, while First Glasgow also scored very well.”

Lothian passengers’ satisfaction with value-for-money was 8 percentage points higher than First’s, at 79 per cent, and satisfaction with punctuality was 7 percentage points higher at 91 per cent.

However, the biggest difference between the operators was the cleanliness of the inside of buses, with 88 per cent of Lothian’s passengers happy - 11 percentage points more than First’s.

Lothian also scored ten points better on the condition of the outside of buses, at 90 per cent, and nine points better on seat comfort, at 87 per cent.

The survey, of more than 2,000 passengers in Edinburgh and more than 3,000 in Glasgow, was carried out between last September and December.

Passenger Focus included the two companies for the first time in its survey of English operators which has been running for four years.

Both paid to be included by funding the research, but the watchdog said it was carried out with “exactly the same rigour” and did not affect the results.

Glasgow Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie, who founded the Better Buses campaign in the city, repeated his call for greater control of bus services to force improvements.

He said: “It’s to be welcomed that passenger satisfaction was high across the board. But there’s a significant gap in satisfaction and value for money between the main providers in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“If we want to encourage more people to make the shift to public transport, we have to be offering an outstanding level of service.

“If the market can’t deliver the same level of service as public ownership, then the Scottish Government should be looking at ways to bring it up to speed.

“I will continue to support calls for Scotland’s local bus services to be re-regulated.”

The Passenger Focus results contrast starkly with a poll by the Better Bus campaign in 2012, which found two in three passengers thought buses in Glasgow were unreliable and more than half had complained about services. Three in four did not view fares as good value for money. First questioned the accuracy of the findings.

Lothian Buses chief executive Ian Craig said: “Knowing that the vast majority of our passengers are satisfied with all aspects of our service is excellent news and shows the outstanding levels of service that our staff are continuing to provide.”

“The fact that we have topped the survey is even more encouraging and reflects the efforts our team make across the business to provide the best possible fleet and services.”

First Glasgow managing director Fiona Kerr said: “I’m delighted with these results. They reflect the commitment, determination and capital we’ve invested over the last 12 months to improve services for our customers.

“We’ve launched a brand new network, simpliCITY, which is performing well and providing customers with better and more frequent bus services, we’ve invested £24m in 151 brand new vehicles; and we are delivering services that are more punctual and reliable.”
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