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Bus passengers in Edinburgh could have access to the latest 4G technology in the future thanks to the increasing popularity of Wi-Fi on the move.
Lothian Buses is currently trialling the super-fast 4G technology on one of its Airlink buses, which operates on Edinburgh’s dedicated express service linking the city centre to the airport. This follows an increase of nearly 150,000 passengers using on bus free Wi-Fi since it was first introduced in 2010.
Some 290,000 passengers have used their mobile devices on Lothian Buses services in the last three years – registering more than half-a-million hits on the free Wi-Fi network.
Ian Craig, CEO of Lothian Buses, said:- “Due to the success of the free Wi-Fi on our services and our commitment to offering modern public transport, we have decided to trial 4G technology. So far during the trial we have experienced high speeds and fast service over the whole route.
“We hope that if it does prove successful, it will be something we can roll out across other services in the future so that our passengers can continue to make better use of their time on the bus”
As well as Wi-Fi on the company’s Airlink buses, hybrid and service 21 buses, Lothian Buses introduced its social media bus earlier this year designed to show travellers the many ways they can connect with the company to find out travel information and service updates.
More than 110,000 passengers have used Wi-Fi on Lothian Buses this year, spending on average of 25 minutes of their journey on the free network.
Plans to run boat trips between South and North Queensferry and Edinburgh and the Forth Bridge will be investigated as part of the World Heritage bid for the iconic structure.
Both proposals were cited as ways of improving transport links to the bridge in a 12-week public consultation process run by Historic Scotland.
The agency was seeking views about the potential social, economic and cultural benefits of winning heritage status as it seeks the Unesco award for the landmark span.
Making better use of train and boat services as well as park-and-ride facilities to help with potential congestion and parking problems was a theme across the responses.
Repairing the piers in North Queensferry was cited as an “urgent priority”, with residents hopeful the bid would bring in more funds to develop harbours and waterfronts.
The proposals will be included in a management plan for the bridge to be submitted to Unesco in January.
Historic Scotland said ferry trips had been put forward as a means of reducing potential extra road traffic, including tour buses.
“Although there could be new ferries introduced, one of the major initiatives would be to move people from cruise ships by boat and to take local traffic along the coast by boat rather than only in cross-Forth ferries,” they said. “There could also be round trips [to Edinburgh], partly by boat and rail. The idea of packages comprising different means of transport was suggested.”
Any regular boat trips from the Capital would most likely depart from Leith. Previous estimates have put the sailing time of a high-speed service at less than 30 minutes.
Queensferry & District Community Council secretary Terry Airlie said he was unsure about a boat service from Edinburgh, but described the concept of ferries running from either side of the bridge across the Forth as “entirely possible”.
He said: “I’m sure we can make it viable. It’s certainly something that we would be happy with.”
Hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected to flock to the Forth Bridge each year under plans for guided walks to the top of the bridge’s south tower.
We revealed how a glass lift would also whisk visitors to the top of the landmark, with visitor centres built on both sides of the crossing. Network Rail hopes to have the ambitious plan partly in place by 2015.
Historic Scotland received 58 responses to its online questionnaire. Of those responses, only two raised major concerns about the impact that world heritage status could have on villages surrounding the bridge in a sign of the widespread public support for the bid.
Historic Scotland spokesman Dr Miles Oglethorpe, whose team is leading the world heritage bid, said: “We recognise there are issues that must be addressed if we are to fully realise the benefits that world heritage [status] can bring.”
Lothian Buses is adding 20 new single deck hybrid buses to its fleet following the successful introduction of the state-of-the-art eco vehicles earlier this year.
Set for delivery in 2014, Lothian Buses has ordered 20 new Volvo 7900 Hybrids which provide a host of eco-friendly features, saving hundreds of tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Lothian Buses made the decision to add the new vehicles to its existing fleet of 721 buses, as a result of the low fuel consumption and smooth operation of the buses.
Bill Devlin, Engineering Director at Lothian Buses, said:- “Expanding our existing fleet with these eco-friendly buses is another positive step in our journey to providing a greener and more sustainable travel offering to our passengers and to the local environment.
“Since introducing the hybrid buses earlier this year, we have been extremely impressed with the low fuel consumption and the overall running of the vehicles. We can’t wait to see even more of these results.”
The current Lothian Buses single deck hybrid buses serve passengers on the No. 1 bus route from Clermiston to Easter Road, combining a high-tech electrically powered diesel engine with aluminium body framework, specifically designed to save weight and reduce fuel consumption.
Phil Owen, Bus Sales Director from Volvo which is providing Lothian Buses with the vehicles said:-“We successfully launched the 7900 Hybrid single deck bus last year and Lothian Buses were one of the first operators to secure an order. They have achieved significant in-service fuel savings and have been very pleased with the overall performance of the buses.”
Great idea and about bloody time!Traffic shake up in Edinburgh city centre
A major traffic shake up is to be piloted in Edinburgh city centre to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
George Street is to have a one way system for vehicles, and a dedicated two way bike lane.
On street car parking is being reviewed, and the frequency of buses on Princes street will be reduced.
The city council has approved a 12 month trial starting next year.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s most gridlocked city and has the fourth worst congestion levals in the UK according to a new survey.
The TomTom Traffic Index says drivers with a 30 minute daily commute in the city can expect to spend 86 hours in traffic a year.
And it suggests Edinburgh is even more congested than London, although the situation is actually said to be improving over the last 12 months.
Traffic Expert Nick Cohn was quoted telling Edinburgh’s Forth News today: “Drivers can spend several days a year just sitting in congestion.
“It is certainly a waste of time and money, especially for businesses which rely on deliveries and logisitics.
“Edinburgh has a very dense centre, so the reason it is worse than London could be the lack of alternative routes and more limited public transport options.”
The UK’s most congested cities:
3 Brighton & Hove
The M8 and M74 to great job of carrying one from one side of the city to the other, but for anything else (point-to-point driving in the centre) the plethora of traffic lights drive me mad. I personally find driving about in Edinburgh to be much more pleasant than Glasgow, despite the embarrassing state of the roads.In general it is not very congested. Traffic funnels right through the middle!
Really?! Driving in Edinburgh is an absolute trial. Badly congested, terrible parking, very car unfriendly layout.I personally find driving about in Edinburgh to be much more pleasant than Glasgow, despite the embarrassing state of the roads.
Same!Given that the alternative to moderate congestion would have been to cause large scale decimation of the city in the 60s and 70s to widen roads, I'll gladly keep some congestion!
Sure there are moments, but no, it really isn't. Perhaps for those who don't live here and aren't familiar with all the alternate routes, or maybe it's lack of confidence on the road in general....To be fair, it really isn't even that bad.
I sympathise that Edinburgh isn't easy for those driving in for the first time. The M8 through Glasgow does makes certain journeys much much easier, but there's still plenty of times I've ended up on the wrong side of the Kingston Bridge even after having lived there! :lol:Same!
Sure there are moments, but no, it really isn't. Perhaps for those who don't live here and aren't familiar with all the alternate routes, or maybe it's lack of confidence on the road in general....