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Old October 25th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #201
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"In the past" - it was less than a decade ago that diesel was considered more environmentally friendly! This is just an excessive tax on those who unwittingly bought a diesel car on the back of multiple reports saying its greener and government backing for diesel sales.
Why not a surcharge on all petrol and diesel cars. With no surcharge on hybrids and electrics?!
We were basically fooled in the past by the car companies into thinking diesel was a cleaner fuel, but it's only recently come to light at how harmful the "other" emissions are from diesel fuel, so not just CO2 (which was lower than petrol cars) but larger particulates and NOx.

So yes, it is an additional tax but crucially the council seem to be aiming at the air quality in the city centre rather than congestion. You'd be a fool if you'd bought a diesel car to use in urban areas anyway as diesels are more fuel efficient on longer journeys. Hence why petrol vehicles are proposed to be uneffected, they are 'cleaner' than diesels in terms of particulates and NOx, and why hybrids and electrics won't be included in the tax because they emit so little air pollution in comparison.

In short, it's not a congestion charge. Think of it as an Edinburgh T-Charge that was introduced in London on Monday.

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Old October 25th, 2017, 07:05 PM   #202
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We need the old black cabs off the road. They absolutely stink. Air quality is of major concern, 90% of Edinburgh residents would happily see the most polluting cars off the road, no matter how much they whine.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 01:52 AM   #203
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We were basically fooled in the past by the car companies into thinking diesel was a cleaner fuel, but it's only recently come to light at how harmful the "other" emissions are from diesel fuel, so not just CO2 (which was lower than petrol cars) but larger particulates and NOx.

So yes, it is an additional tax but crucially the council seem to be aiming at the air quality in the city centre rather than congestion. You'd be a fool if you'd bought a diesel car to use in urban areas anyway as diesels are more fuel efficient on longer journeys. Hence why petrol vehicles are proposed to be uneffected, they are 'cleaner' than diesels in terms of particulates and NOx, and why hybrids and electrics won't be included in the tax because they emit so little air pollution in comparison.
‘We’ were not fooled by car companies about the environment. We were fooled by Central and Local Government who swallowed the claims wholesale.

Why will a 3 year old Renault Megane Diesel have zero road tax and currently the lowest band for residents’ parking permits? It would appear that the UK Government and Edinburgh City Council accepted those claims. But now Edinburgh City Council appear to be ‘moving the goalposts’ because priorities have changed from CO2 to NOx.

Don’t be surprised if legal action follows from those who recently bought a diesel car in good faith after being encouraged to do so by Central and Local Government.
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Old October 31st, 2017, 12:13 PM   #204
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Report finds Edinburgh’s transport network is one of the best in the world

Edinburgh Evening News - 31st October 2017

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The Capital’s transport network is one of the best in the world – but more should be done to encourage passengers to get on board, according to a new study.

Congestion in the city centre can be the bane of commuters’ lives, but research by the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index has revealed Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure is the second best in the UK, only pipped to the top by London.

Edinburgh sits within the top 20 cities globally for the quality and effectiveness of its transport systems, ahead of the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Barcelona and Milan.

The study found that Edinburgh has the safest transport and some of the best commuting times in Europe. But reasearchers also suggested that more could be done to encourage passenger uptake.

The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index ranks 100 of the world’s leading cities according to the three pillars of transport sustainability; people, the planet and profit.

Edinburgh also has some of the highest density of bus and metro stops, making it one of the leading cities in Europe for accessibility of its services.

But despite its accessibility, the study found that Edinburgh’s transport system is the most under-utilised in the UK. The Capital would also benefit from offering more active transport solutions, for example by improving cycling infrastructure and increasing the provision of pedestrian areas.

Graham Hill, Arcadis city executive for Edinburgh, said: “We are undoubtedly getting a lot right in Edinburgh, but the city cannot afford to be complacent. A truly sustainable transport system isn’t just about enabling mobility; it also needs to create major economic opportunity and job growth, and improve the lives of those who rely on it every day. We need to make sure Edinburgh lives up to its potential.

“New plans drawn up by city leaders, including updating ageing infrastructure and extending the recently completed tram line, will go a long way towards building a truly world-class, integrated transport system. This will help to instil wider confidence and encourage more passengers to use the network. Combining and integrating this with new and improved pedestrian areas and segregated cycle routes will make a major difference for people getting around Edinburgh.

“As our population continues to grow, it is essential that planning and design is approached with the resident’s mobility front of mind. Making the most of what it has and actively embracing opportunities for transport improvement is ultimately how Edinburgh is going to stand out on the international stage.”


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Old November 5th, 2017, 01:42 AM   #205
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http://www.parliament.scot/parliamen...bers=S5W-10982

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Question S5W-10982: Michelle Ballantyne, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/08/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to minimise inconvenience to motorists during the construction of the new Sheriffhall roundabout; what the timescale is for the (a) construction and (b) completion of the works, and what the estimated cost is.

Answered by Humza Yousaf (12/09/2017): As with all our major projects, consideration will be given to mitigating disruption to all road users during construction of the scheme as we progress the development and assessment of the preferred option which is due to culminate in 2019 with the publication of draft Orders.
Delivery of the scheme itself can only commence when the scheme is approved under the statutory procedures and thereafter a timetable for construction can be set.
As part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal the Scottish Government will invest up to £120m to take forward the design work and construct a new flyover enabling free flowing traffic on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at Sheriffhall.


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Old November 5th, 2017, 02:01 AM   #206
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With any luck, the Airlink contactless trial will be rolled out to all services in the not too distant future. Then, the logical next step will hopefully be for TfE to follow TfL's lead with automatic daily and weekly fare capping. Both of these steps combined will go a very long way to making ticketing more user friendly for residents, tourists, and infrequent visitors alike.

Tourists, and especially for tourists with children, however, should really be able to buy visitor passes which, unlike the "citysmart" cards based on journeys, should be based on time. For example, some cities offer unlimited travel cards for set costs, that cover periods of 2 and 3 days, and that really simplifies things. Hopefully stop names can also be displayed and announced in a similar fashion to Airlink and the Trams (and TfL Buses) to further reduce the stress levels for non-residents who don't know the city (although the accuracy of the Airlink and Tram trackers isn't always spot on, so that needs improvement).


The TFL system should be brought to Scotland and simply call it Transport For Scotland a non for profit company so all the money in reinvested back into the company. All the bus companies and Scotrail and Calmac would sit under this umbrella company , zonal charging would be introduced similar to what they do in London. Contactless payment would be used with the Saltire card being introduced as a alternative to this. Daily caps would also being introduced as well similar to London. TFL works for 8 million people so why can’t it work for 5 million people.
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