Letters: Twenty’s plenty for speed limit in a safer city centre

Limits are already used in some suburbs
Limits are already used in some suburbs
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A press release from Comres, a respected polling organisation, details a poll of thousands in England and Wales which showed 62 per cent approval for an immediate blanket speed restriction in city centres to 20mph.

More than a dozen English cities have moved to implement or part implement its findings.

This is one policy that Edinburgh could speedily adopt – no ifs or buts, twee trials or consultations.

Get the speed and fatalities down right now, right across the city (not just in favoured enclaves) – they are, specifically, cause and effect – and give us back a city with air fit to breathe, and streets safe to walk on. The council claims it has just spent £1.1 million on Hogmanay in order to get £27m back – time ordinary folk benefited from the profit.

David Fiddimore, Calton Road, Edinburgh

Better festive services needed

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party attracts visitors from right across Scotland.

Many have easy access to central Edinburgh by the improved rail links to the capital be it from Airdrie, Wishaw, Dunbar or Alloa. However there was no return service available until a paltry few trains two days later.

Much capital expenditure is spent on improving our railways only to see thousands of potential users denied its use during this festive shutdown. Surely a minimum of an hourly frequency should operate every day on the three Edinburgh/Glasgow routes together with a similar frequency to Dundee, Dunblane and North Berwick

As the ScotRail franchise is soon to attract new bidders a principal obligation should be to provide an adequate service during the Christmas and New Year period.

Colin C Maclean, Hillpark Avenue, Edinburgh

West End future looking healthy

The completion of tram works in the West End and Dalry Road area in 2013 promises more upbeat prospects for residents in those areas of the city.

Already canny investors have renovated an old 1960s building and constructed a new hotel opposite the entrance to the Haymarket train station which itself is being modernised to provide facilities which will be appropriate to a major Scottish transport hub inter-connecting the tram service from the airport with bus, rail and taxi services.

And in Shandwick Place a new Sainsbury store, with modernised apartments above, it will benefit, like other established retailers and new businesses in the area from the busy movement of passengers and locals in the area when resumed bus services are complemented by the tram line.

The future is looking up for the West End and Dalry Road areas.

Norman Bonney, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

Greens are losing the argument

Councillor Gavin Corbett’s attack on Clark Cross and me as “climate-change deniers” (December 29) confirms that the Greens are losing the arguments on climate-change, energy and the economy.

Most Scots know that our very landscape was carved by ice during the last ice age, and that Scotland’s climate has changed repeatedly through geological time as a result of natural processes.

However, the Greens want us to believe that people using fossil fuels will over the next couple of decades result in a catastrophic increase in temperatures and a disastrous rise in the sea level. Indeed, they have created an absurd hysteria around carbon dioxide – a gas which is absolutely essential for life on earth.

The evidence does not support their claims. For example, the Met Office has confirmed that there has been no net warming of the climate over the last 15 years.

Furthermore, the Greens champion a futile and impoverishing solution to their imaginary problem.

Rises in carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries dwarf all the alleged savings from the wind turbines that provide expensive part-time electricity.

Also, the Greens point to the finite nature of oil, gas and coal, but conveniently ignore the fact that technology is always advancing. As the former Saudi oil minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, wisely said “The stone age did not end, because they ran out of stone.”

Otto Inglis, Inveralmond Grove, Edinburgh