Letters: Lining up an integrated city transport system

Artist's impressions of trams in Edinburgh. Picture: comp
Artist's impressions of trams in Edinburgh. Picture: comp
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Regarding your article “Slowcoach” (News, August 17), I realise that the advertised time for the Airlink service is stated as 25 minutes, but as a regular user of that fantastic product, I know that this very much depends on the traffic.

At peak times for example, despite the best efforts of Lothian Buses, the journey time can be more than double this. The tram will offer consistency of service which we know our passengers value. A set time in and out, no matter the traffic conditions, is a tremendous advantage.

Tian Tian in her enclosure. 'Picture: Neil Hanna

Tian Tian in her enclosure. 'Picture: Neil Hanna

Importantly, it will also shorten journey times by public transport to and from the airport from across Scotland and these will be improved further when the tram train stop is completed at Gogar.

As the Evening News has said before, in order for transport in this city, and indeed country, to work it must be integrated.

It is to the council’s credit that it is doing this with the new Transport for Edinburgh organisation. At Edinburgh Airport, we’re working hard with the council and this new body to find the best way for trams and buses to work together to provide the best experience for our passengers.

We’re not playing them off or comparing. We know that Airlink is a fantastic product run by an expert bus operator that will continue to be a best in class service compared to rivals across the UK.

We also know the tram offers consistency and convenience. By understanding this we can provide choice and service and by doing that the passenger benefits.

Let’s all work hard to make sure that those that live in, work in and visit our great city have an integrated transport network that allows them to access and move around easily.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive , Edinburgh Airport

Drivers must avoid the flush hour

Typical of pre-planning! The tram terminus in York Place is next to Cathedral Lane toilets, demolished to be replaced by electricity sub-station to power the trams. Solution? Coffee stop en route or tram staff wear nappies.

D R Watt, Bellevue Place, Edinburgh

How the green has gone for community

East Princes Street Gardens is an area of eight and a half acres – which is the same amount of public open space that has been lost in Niddrie in recent years.

Nine local parks and play greens have been destroyed and replaced by high density housing, mainly flats, in the name of “regeneration”. These much appreciated, valuable neighbourhood amenities were well used for general recreation and as safe play areas for children near to their homes where parents could keep a watchful eye.

Niddrie is now a lot less green than when it was first built in the 1930s.

When will councillors and officials ever learn that monolithic housing developments do not create sustainable holistic communities?

Lyndsay Martin, secretary, Niddrie Independent Parents Support

Birth could create traffic pandemonium

With panda traffic heading to Edinburgh Zoo adding to the congestion on St John’s Road, I dread to think of the chaos that will happen if Tian Tian had twins.

Travelling on a 31 bus it took over 20 minutes to get from North Gyle Road Bus stop to Pinkhill on two separate Tuesdays recently .

I suggest that Lothian buses plan ahead to run a service from Ingliston park and ride to the zoo (a panda service) also consider the withdrawal of the ubiquitous 100 Airlink service ounce the trams are running as all they are doing is adding to the congestion in Corstorphine.

George Ritchie, North Gyle Terrace, Edinburgh

Foundations built for shared repairs service

Your story “Fears over city’s new tenement safety plan” (News, August 19) highlighted that the council is to consider options for an expanded shared repairs service to help property owners in the city maintain their buildings.

After an extensive public consultation, involving a wide range of Edinburgh stakeholders, it is apparent that there is still a need and public desire for council advice and support in carrying out repair work in Edinburgh. As such, the new shared repairs service, introduced in April, was a welcome development.

Consultation also demonstrated a desire for an expansion of related services, such as help with neighbour meetings, surveying and project management.

This is currently being progressed and I look forward to seeing a report later this year that will set out the options for this expanded council service and how this can be best managed.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, finance committee convener

Applauding for the Flodden volunteers

I WRITE to congratulate the city and in particular Henry Steuart Fothringham, the Deacon Convenor and all the volunteers from the Convenery of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh on their current fantastic Flodden quincentenary Blue Blanket exhibition at Ashfields, linked into the Festival Fringe.

At this time in Scotland’s history it is so important to remind the next generation of how important it was and still is to learn a skill and a trade which could be of lifelong benefit.

I did wonder, however, if there was ever a trade guild in Edinburgh for gardeners, or wool merchants or cabinetmakers?

I believe these were all trades that enabled Edinburgh merchants to export Scottish products and Scottish skills around the world.

Nicholas Davis, Linlithgow