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Old May 5th, 2017, 07:27 PM   #161
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So when realistically can this be build? It seems that planning alone takes absolute ages
Draft Orders not due for publication until 2019... so no time soon.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:23 PM   #162
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Lothian Buses launching a new standalone company, Lothian Country, to serve the Queensferry route.



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We are proud to announce to the people of Queensferry that from the 4th June 2017 a brand new bus company called Lothian Country will be commencing the operation of services from South Queensferry to Edinburgh following the withdrawal of services by Stagecoach.

Lothian Country will be wholly owned by Lothian Buses but will operate as a standalone business with it’s own buses and products.

Historically two major transport providers First and Stagecoach have been unable to operate commercially viable services within this area with low patronage and increasing levels of traffic congestion contributing to their withdrawal.

The successful continuation of bus services is wholly dependent on customer usage levels – it’s important that the community embrace our new venture to ensure its ongoing success.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 11:08 AM   #163
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Next time First withdraws a service in Glasgow can Lothian Buses please introduce a Glasgow Bus company?
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Old May 12th, 2017, 06:05 PM   #164
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Edinburgh v Glasgow battle ahead over first low emission zone

Edinburgh Evening News - 12th May 2017

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Edinburgh Greens have called for the capital to become Scotland's first low emission zone (LEZ).

They want the city chosen by the Scottish Government to pilot a potential ban on the most polluting vehicles to cut toxic fumes.

However, the move could put Edinburgh on a collision course with Glasgow, which was expected to be the trailblazer next year.

Susan Aitken, who is expected to become Glasgow's new SNP council leader, said last month: "Glasgow is the obvious choice and I think the Scottish Government would welcome that."

However, Edinburgh Green councillor Chas Booth will call on the city council’s new administration to contact the Scottish Government to put the capital’s case.

He said it was a was a “matter of urgency” because government funding may be available only for the first LEZ.

In a motion to the first meeting of the council since last week’s election, he called for the local authority to act fast.

It calls for the council chief executive to “urgently write to the Scottish Government offering to work towards establishing Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone in Edinburgh, with the expectation that the Scottish Government can make a significant contribution towards the cost of establishing the zone, and offering early talks to discuss the practical details of bringing this about.”

Mr Booth said nitrogen dioxide levels were exceeded at 26 monitoring stations across Edinburgh in 2015.

Levels of another deadly pollutant from vehicle exhausts, particulates, were exceeded at Salamander Street in Leith and three other sites.

Ministers have pledged to establish the first LEZ by next year.

However, so far they have only said it would in one of Scotland's four largest cities - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.


Read more at: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...zone-1-4444097
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It seems a bit ridiculous to have Scottish cities playing against each other to get this funding for what is really a public health issue. I'd like to see the Scottish Government expanding funding and making it available to each of our cities where it is needed.
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