13 Edinburgh transport projects which never made it, including Princes Street motorway and bulldozing airport

Trains, planes and automobiles – as well as buses, trams, subways and hovercraft – all featured in ambitious plans for Edinburgh which never quite became a reality

Transport projects – whether it's trams, pedestrianisation or low emission zones – are almost always controversial.

But take a look at these ones which were abandoned before they were implemented. You might think some, like the hovercraft perhaps, were good ideas. Others now seem bizarre, not least the mind-blowing 1949 Abercombie plan, which would have demolished swathes of the city centre to build an inner ring road.

They offer a fascinating insight into the priorities of the past – sometimes the quite recent past – and how much thinking has changed.

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