I live in West Lothian and work in Edinburgh. The ease with which I drove into Edinburgh on Monday was remarkable. Presumably this was due to the Glasgow holiday.
The Edinburgh roads can cope very well when the amount of traffic is reduced coming into the city but on other days the M8, A8 and A90 are regularly choked solid at rush hour in both directions and any roadworks, breakdowns or accidents only make it worse. The trams are hailed as a solution, but will not fix this mess.
Using the Ingliston park and ride and a stop-everywhere tram is slow for anyone working in the town centre. Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow all have non-stop routes into the centre of London because people want to get into the city quickly and the same is true for Edinburgh.
The slower public transport is, the more attractive the car becomes. There is inadequate parking at Dalmeny, Edinburgh Park and Linlithgow stations with the latter being full by 8am and causing a problem for anyone who can’t leave the house until their children have left for school.
The lack of a park and ride at Edinburgh Park is a huge missed opportunity. We need a comprehensive look at the ongoing congestion in the west of Edinburgh and a realisation that the existing road infrastructure is insufficient for the forecast traffic growth.
The simple solution which combines the flexibility of the car with fast direct public transport is to make more use of the train lines coming into the city from the west and to have a park and ride that connects directly to the existing train service.
A park and ride to the west of the bypass and between the A8 and M8, connected to the Linlithgow line and Bathgate train lines would seem to be the obvious answer to the increasing traffic volume.
This would work with the tram to give different options for getting into the city and would provide a fast and convenient service, making use of existing infrastructure and provide the capacity to meet Edinburgh’s growing transport demands.
Craig Cockburn, Linlithgow
Union has done little good for Scotland
I WOULD like to ask those who plan to vote “No” in the referendum a question. What has the Union done for Scotland? Well, let’s see. It gave us the poll tax and now the bedroom tax.
All our industries were destroyed, such as steel, coal, shipbuilding, car manufacturing, textiles, engineering and our fishing fleet all but gone. We no longer make anything.
Yet we are still being robbed of our oil revenue, which goes to the treasury in London.
Scotland was once a great manufacturing nation, but not any more. We ended up with food banks, food parcels, and families living in poverty. That’s what the Union has done to Scotland. So why all the fuss about keeping Scotland in the Union? One word – oil.
J Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh
Bold Boris is the man to catch out Salmond
The Dear Leader throws his rattle out of the pram because Westminster’s Dear Leader won’t meet him in open combat for the Crown of Scotland . . . and immediately Eck’s e-mail infantry attack the Scottish media with letters claiming “It’s nae fair!”
Well; it is, actually. Cameron leads a United Kingdom of nearly 70 million people, including those of us fortunate to live in Edinburgh: whereas Salmond leads a region of that country containing five million people.
A debate between the two would not be a contest between like and like – and anyway, Cameron is not leading the “Nae Campaign”, and I’m not sure he cares.
To find Alex an appropriate debating partner we should look for a pro-Union, elected leader of an identifiable region, representing at leastthe same number of people, who deploys at least the same annual budget – and the Mayor of London, pictured, does spring to mind.
Alex has often claimed to be willing to debate the case for independence with anyone, but has he the nerve to take on the bold Boris? I wonder; just watch: I suspect they’ll find a hundred reasons to refuse.
David Fiddimore, Nether Craigwell, Calton Road, Edinburgh
A tiny cabal getting into ceremonial tizzy
Neil Barber (Letters, October 2) misses the point. The Kirking of the Court of Session Judges has no bearing on their judicial duties and they continue each court term to dispense justice without fear or favour of any interest group or pressure group .
It is only a tiny cabal of secular activists who get in a tizzy about this kind of colourful, traditional Edinburgh ceremony which emphasises the essential Scottishness of the Scottish legal system.
Our education system and church, for that matter, are there for all Scots, as with our courts, if a citizen in Scotland needs to call upon them. These are fundamentally Scottish institutions.
Scots can already feel that the law is their own and that it changes with people’s needs as legislation and court decisions develop. Secularists, who seem intent on attacking the existence of Scotland’s historic institutions, must try to understand this.
Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick
Is Tian Tian just trying to bamboozle us?
Am I just a sceptic, or does anyone else agree with me that the giant panda pregnancy saga (is she or isn’t she?) is just a ruse to get more people into the zoo?
Patrick Douglas, South Queensferry