‘How about making sure that the lights are working?’ – Evening News readers react to a crackdown at temporary traffic lights

Drivers come under the spotlight with stories about crackdowns on temporarty traffic lights and persistent parking offenders. Here’s what you thought . . .

Monday, 9th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Temporary traffic lights can be a cause of frustration. Picture: John Devlin

Hope cyclists are included. They hop on to the pavement past roadworks then back on to the road. Or cross at crossings on bikes then cycle away.

Sheona Fortune

I recall a sheriff, many years ago, fining a cyclist who pushed his bike over a zebra crossing at the West End, ruling that a cyclist, even when pushing his bike, is still a cyclist and must abide by the rules of the road whilst on it.

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Persistent parking offenders face being clamped or having their car towed away. Picture: Michael Gillen

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Just here for the cyclist comments on an article about motorists. Sadly not disappointed . . .

Craig Jenkins

There should be cameras at every set of traffic lights – they would make a fortune.

Amanda Gillie

How about making sure the lights are working? Many of them stay on red forever.

Lynne Logan

Edinburgh: the place that has temporarily traffic lights for years. There can’t be many roads left without roadworks or diversions. It’s really all part of the plan to have a congestion charge imposed. Wake up people.

Peter Anderson

If people in Edinburgh need practice at stopping at temporary traffic lights then come down to Prestonpans where there’s been a “temporary” set for ninw months and no sign of them being removed.

Ken Johnston

Roadworks are becoming a joke in Edinburgh. There are temporary lights every time you turn a corner. The council are that well prepared and experienced that they make a dog’s dinner of it every time. They are strategically placed to cause more traffic.

Mani Tufail

Yellow peril

Edinburgh drivers who park on yellow lines or in public bays instead of paying for tickets could now be towed or clamped. Persistent offenders flouting parking rules could receive a stricter punishment.

Glad to hear this. It’s about time motorists were dealt with.

Marlene St John Ayre

Hope they take this to the Ingliston park and ride too. Parking is ridiculous there!

Stuart Holt

Tow them off the Greenways straight away. There’s no point ticketing a car that is blocking the road.

Robert Howlieson

I worked as a Blue Meanie years ago – 2000 – and this was on the go then. Persistent offenders were a high priority impound – you had to radio control urgently to get the tow truck up as it told you on your machine as you booked the car to get the tow truck down for it

Balfour Beattie

Taxis park in bus lanes and at bus stops creating chaos but nobody takes action.

Ian McWilliam

Good, but it’s too little too late.

Jake Fraser

Sting in the tail

In other news, an Edinburgh mother has told of her horror after she spotted mice in one of the Capital’s busiest soft play areas – Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Been a few times over the years and there was always kids eating in the soft play area. Staff do their best but mice will go where they can find food!

Sylvia Cairnes

I must admit I’ve not been for a few months but I used to go once a week with my kids and the staff are always out with a bucket of hot water and a cloth cleaning the soft play. I suppose it’s the price the building pays for being next to woods – it has been freezing lately so they are looking for a warmer place to sleep but it has been super clean when we have attended.

Michelle Conquer

They need to close this centre down until it’s safe. Children could get seriously ill.

Claire Smith

They need to close it down until is is cleaned up.

Norman Nisbet Mackay

Hopefully Edinburgh leisure sort this out ASAP. Anywhere with kids and food needs cleaned properly, daily.

Jenny Grossett

There’s a plague of both mice and rats all over Edinburgh at the moment. They have always been with us and always will. It’s pretty much impossible to get rid of them totally. All businesses can do is make sure they have a pest control contract in place with regular visits and keep on top of the cleaning, but they are everywhere.

Richard Wasp

The weather is getting colder and naturally animals seek warmth and a food supply – it’s no different to what humans do actually.The problem is that their natural habitat is being destroyed by humans building everywhere and so they move into more unnatural environments.

Gill Henderson