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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.

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.

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.

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.  

Francis report into Mid Staffs---are you listening Edinburgh Council

The Francis report, published today, into the scandal of the Mid Staffs Hospital Trust isn't just about one Hospital, or trust or even the NHS but hopefully a wake-up call to the Public Sector as whole, Councils and indeed Big Business, the PLCs and multinationals that spend a large part of their ingenuity finding new and better ways to rip of thepeople they still call customers..

Make sure you take proper care at all times?

This piece is by an enthusiastic cyclist commenting on the 'news' being carefully revealed by the Council, over the last couple of weeks, that (gasp!!)  Princes street will not be able to take buses and trams and will be used only by trams, cyclists and pedestrians.

At present the word is 'may' not 'will' but pretty soon it wil be...will..that is.

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?


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%!