HAVING read the article by Neil Greig of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (“Move it up a gear”, News, May 8) I could not agree more with his comments.
I would like to make my own suggestions. First I cannot see why there is any need for the bus lanes to be in operation other than peak periods with the possible exception of the city centre – Calder Road being a prime example of full-day restriction not being necessary.
The number of short sections of bus lanes, especially approaching crossroads, should be removed as they give insufficient room for vehicles to join the left-hand lane. For example, heading east on Willowbrae Road approaching Duddingston crossroads there are only two lanes, the right-hand one for turning right only.
There are also vast differences in the time the green man is displayed on pedestrian crossing, for example, Milton Road/Duddingston Park crossroads.
Walking briskly, the green man goes off by the time you reach the central traffic island, leaving you unsure if you should continue to cross before the red man comes on.
There is quite sufficient time allowed to cross the full road but this causes hesitation, especially for elderly people who are unsure if it is safe to cross.
John M Tulloch, Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh
Clean our act up for tourist trade
THE astronomical cost of keeping Scotland’s cities clean is nothing short of a scandal and as a nation we should hang our heads in shame at this outrage.
If people made just the smallest of efforts to dispose of their litter carefully and properly, the vast sums saved on cleaning costs could go towards vital things such as the improvement and maintenance of hospitals and schools.
Tourism is one of Scotland’s and indeed Edinburgh’s most lucrative industries but what visitor in their right mind would want to visit a city that resembles nothing more than a rubbish tip?
Angus McGregor, Albion Road, Edinburgh
Olympics aiming high .. for prices
I’VE just read that only a handful of tickets have been sold for the Olympics football so far and the organisers have only 11 weeks to avoid a huge embarrassment to the start of the Games.
I’m one of thousands of people interested in supporting the Olympics and tried to purchase tickets for the Great Britain vs Brazil ladies game due to take place at Wembley.
I thought it would be really good to take my oldest daughter and say we have been to an Olympic event whilst on holiday in London. When I checked the website the tickets started from £20 for adults and pay the age you are was applicable for my daughter who is eight, which I thought was really reasonable.
When the website crashed I called the ticket office only to be told the only tickets left for this game (90,000+ seater stadium) were £50 and no concessions, I then asked about the following day’s game Korea Republic vs Gabon men’s game and it was £60 each again no concessions.
Do the organisers or Seb Coe really think that I or other members of the public would pay £60 for a child aged eight to attend a Korea Republic vs Gabon U23 game?
Gordon Murray, Edinburgh
Wind power no good for Britain
ALEX Salmond has long boasted of the number of new jobs that would be created by his vision of “100 per cent electricity from renewables by 2020”.
A study commissioned by the UK Government has estimated that the expansion of the number of wind turbines across the UK could lead to far fewer jobs than the SNP government has promised.
At present 8600 people are employed by the onshore wind industry. Based on a doubling of the wind power output from 4500 gigawatts to 10,000 gigawatts by 2020 the numbers employed will only increase by 89 to 8689.
The majority of these jobs are held by foreign workers using foreign steel and foreign turbines. How many British people are employed?
The huge subsidies paid to the renewables industry destroy jobs. Subsidies are bleeding us dry and numerous politicians have started to question the huge cost for negligible emissions savings.
Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow
Coalitions bring a loss of credibility
IT seems it’s not just the Lib Dems that will be partners with any party to get a taste of power and form coalitions. How can anyone take these parties seriously any more?
P Siosal, Edinburgh