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on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:37


What Improvements would you want to see?.


On this website we have  avoided publishing anything like a manifesto or list of things we’d like to see, not because the residents have no ideas, but in order to avoid the council trying to turn any debate into one about ‘our ideas’ – rather than the still unacknowledged and many defects in ‘their ideas’.


 But this set of ideas, in a recent exchange by an Ediinburgh resident who has followed events surrounding the Tram project and associated traffic problems closely for many years, and a member of the council, seems to us to contain a

Free tram rides idea

on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 09:05

The Scotsman reports 'calls from the business community' for free tram rides when the system opens.

This will 'boost business' and give some payback to businesses that have struggled through the construction phase.

We believe, like the 'Free Parking' near Christmas that the 'offer' actually highlights the problem rather than alleviating it.

If the tram was really the answer to what ails the retail sector in the City, it's inaguration alone would force the dawn of a new golden age.

But it isn't, it's largely irrelevant and without a proper traffic plane, positively dangerous.

The plan is

Edinburgh labelled a dump? part two

on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 21:22

The article by Prof Richard Williams in one of the world's most respected magazines has created a storm.

As ever the report in the Evening news about the ongoing storm is at least as interesting for what the comments section has to say as the report itself.

Ordinary people are not fools...not all of them, all of the time, and they can see how things have gone downhill for almost 20 years, how it isn't all going to be alright once the tram starts and the tram works stop, and can see the Council continue to flounder.

One reason for money being too tight to mention these ---one you won't read

Edinburgh labelled a dump?

on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 11:47

"Phew! I think we dodged another bullet there? What do you think?"

That may be the reaction in Edinburgh Council to an article by an Edinburgh University academic that examines some unpalatable aspects and failures about the way the city has been run and the effects of these systemic governance failures now emerging across the city.

The original article by Richard Williams, Prof of contemporary visual cultures at Edinburgh Uni, in one of the world's leading intellectual magazines Foreign Policy, pulled together many of the strands of things that have undoubtedly gone wrong in Edinburgh in

Edinburgh's latest Budget Black Hole

on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 19:43


Why everything to do with the Trams in Edinburgh is never what it seems

This contribution to explaining the unavoidable economics of the Tram project and by that, shedding light on the it, is from John Carson a long standing, well informed and knowledgeable critic of the Project.

The underlying economics of the recent headline announcement by CEC of their 'winning concessionary fares for the Tram' were not made clear by the Council.  

Below John Carson spells out another of set of the very significant 'inconvenient truths'; as ever glossed over by the City of Edinburgh Council always

Owners write off derailed locomotive due to costs

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:14


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A tram project  which ploughed down an embankment in Edinburgh after it was hit by a landslide of debt is to be cut up because it is too expensive to recover.

The Tram Project, named the Eco Express, will be cannibalised for spare parts despite escaping serious damage, although experts said it was “incredibly unusual” to write off a project  that was only ten years old, had never run and cost well over £1Billion.

It has not moved since it struck a

Traffic fumes are dangerous shock...article

on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 23:09

Here's an article spelling out why traffic fumes are dangerous.

As the writer shows, and every scientific study for several decades has shown, these pollutants are killers.

Obviously traffic causes these pollutants, and so we have to do something about traffic- and urgently? Right?


What we have done is ignore the evidence, and instead cause more pollution to be created by fewer vehicles and make sure this is being done, not in lightly inhabited streets, but in the streets where families with young children and old couples live..  In effect we have taken a pollution issue that should

Hear it here---first!

on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 00:00


LATEST NEWS:  You always hear it here first

We revealed that behind the typically sunny reports of the recent Transport committee meeting (jan 15th 2013) the facts that were in the report (but strangely absent from any comment by Council Officials) were :

 Pollution UP 14% while traffic levels DOWN 5%!

In it, The Scotsman reveals that reducing traffic speed limits will increase pollution  ----  If it wasn't so serious you would have to laugh.

  • The residents fighting to open up the true costs and effects of the Tram project have been making exactly

Transport and Environment committee January 2013

on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 15:51


LATEST NEWS:   From the Council Transport and Environment committee meeting coming up in January

The meeting took place on the morning of Tuesday January 15th at the City Chambers on the High Street, starting at  10:00am at the Dean of Guild Court Room in City Chambers on the High Street. A live blogger was supplying the STV local service and this extract caught the eye



Cllr Mowat asks: why is traffic in the city igoing down, but air pollution is going up?

Tuesday January 15, 2013 10:45 


Officials reply that the picture is different for different pollutants.

Another site for tram info

on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:09

A good Blog piece on this site which translates much of the Council's Spin Frenzy (in which every incident however tiny is given the full Pomp and Circumstance Orchestral treatment) back into reality.

This Edinburgh Guide contribution translates a number of  'Council-ish' statements back into everyday speech ... a great aid to understanding the reality behind the exitable self serving rhetoric of the press released propoganda that take the place of what used be called Public Information these days.