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Old January 30th, 2013, 05:38 PM   #41
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Thanks for sharing here
Hope soon to operate this tram
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Old January 31st, 2013, 08:07 PM   #42
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It's further along than I expected.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 10:13 PM   #43
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It's further along than I expected.
It was supposed to open in 2011!!!

But yeah, since the contracts were finally sorted out the progress has been impressively fast.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 12:34 AM   #44
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The images that 'Edinburgh Trams' brings up in most people's minds is that of dug-up bomb sites in the centre of Edinburgh, so it's great to see track completed in the streets!

But once it's done, the Central Belt will have quite an impressive public transport network. A new electrified route between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen St, on one end a fully automated, modernised Victorian Subway line, and on the other end, a 21st century light rail line.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #45
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Why Edinburgh closed its great tram network in sixties, and why it is returning again?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #46
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Every city in the UK tore out their tram systems (with the only exception being Blackpool). Some were even among the largest in Europe (London, Manchester and Glasgow).

The tram was seen as too old fashioned for the emerging 'city of the car'. Infrastructure investment turned to roads. This is clear to see in Glasgow, which at one point had a whole motorway network for the city planned, but only some of this plan was actually ever built.

Of course, now, with 20/20 hindsight, we see that this was a big mistake, and that investment in rapid transport is much more worth while in helping stimulate growth, and making inner-city travel easier for those without cars.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #47
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The near-complete destruction of the impressive tram and trolleybus systems that once spanned Britain's cities and in many cases even small regional towns, is IMO the biggest crime ever committed in the history of British transport. Had it not been done, Britain would have a public transport system that is the envy of any country in the world, rather than being a nation of buses and motorways.

Of course as much as we like to blame the car, I'd say it's more (diesel-powered) buses that killed off the tram. The mass closures began in the 1930s, and by the time the age of the car arrived in the 1950s, most of the damage had already been done. Motorway Mania was merely the last nail in the coffin for the tram and trolleybus.

Still, any movement in the opposite direction is good, which is why I follow these projects with excitement.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 10:10 AM   #48
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 11:09 PM   #49
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I've put new photos up at http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...257745&page=50

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Old March 7th, 2013, 03:10 AM   #50
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That last picture is of some good street scape. Nice quality paving there, and I like the blocks next to the rails.
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Old March 10th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #51
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Gogar to Airport section now officially handed over to the council.

This video is a speeded-up journey from the Ingliston park and ride to the airport terminus:

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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:14 PM   #52
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Seeing as this thread is titled 'Tram, Bus, Rail', and not just about trams, here's a bus-related article:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/transpo...urgh-1-2846834

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20 eco-friendly buses rolled out across Edinburgh





TWENTY new eco-friendly single decker buses are to be added to the fleet of Lothian Buses thanks to a £1.5 million grant.
The Capital’s biggest bus operator already has 15 hybrid double-deckers (pictured) in operation and ten more hybrid single-deckers are due to come into use next month. The company says with engine modifications to other vehicles, more than half of its 650-strong fleet now uses the latest carbon-reducing technology.
The latest cash grant is the lion’s share of grants totalling just over £2m allocated from the Scottish Green Bus Fund (SGBF) and announced by Transport Minister Keith Brown. The hybrid buses – powered by electricity and diesel – produce 30 per cent less emissions and use 60 per cent less fuel than a diesel bus.
Lothian Buses managing director Ian Craig said: “Securing this financial support from the Scottish Government will enable a further significant order for the next generation of low-carbon buses.
“Our vision is to provide world-class, socially inclusive transport for Scotland’s capital city. This announcement confirms that promise is being delivered.”
The double-deckers bought with the first round of funding from the SGBF operate on the No.10 from Western Harbour to Torphin and in the year to last September saved more than 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions and an estimated £200,000 in running costs.
Ten new single-deckers, funded from a second round of grants, will be added to the fleet on April 15, operating on the No.1 route from Clermiston to Easter Road.
Mr Brown said: “The Scottish Green Bus Fund has been a real success story and I am extremely proud to see that continue with this latest round of awards, which is also another clear indication of our support for the bus industry in Scotland.
“We are absolutely committed to investing to improve Scotland’s public transport network and to meeting our ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020.
“We’ve already seen substantial fuel savings and reduced emissions from buses bought in the earlier rounds of the Green Bus Fund and that benefits us all through an improved environment.”
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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #53
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With all the focus on trams it's easy to overlook just how good Edinburgh's bus service is. Shows the benefits of public ownership and a regulated system. I'm quite envious when I compare it to Glasgow with its de-regulated, profit-driven operators.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 02:00 PM   #54
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Cheers for keeping the thread alive Moschops!

Edinburgh's buses are just supreme when compared to First's Glasgow service. In an ideal world, we would have a similar set up to Ireland, with a regulated national bus service for most of the country, and regulated bus services for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 12:50 PM   #56
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Very little shelter at the airport would get very wet waiting for tram?
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We're hardy types us Scots. We need watered
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:11 AM   #58
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Very little shelter at the airport would get very wet waiting for tram?
It's planned to have a ticket office building and also because it is the terminus I expect there will always be a tram waiting and will only leave when the next one arrives.
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I hadn't noticed, but Edinburgh have some nice shiny euro-style Hybrid Volvo buses on the number 1 route. Disappointingly still single entry, but a great investment for Edinburgh. This proves that Lothian Buses are doing it right.
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Edinburgh and Glasgow commuter rail electrification.
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