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George Street to be revamped

Link from BBC 13th July 2014 – Full Article Linky

The first phase of a project aiming to improve George Street for pedestrians and cyclists will begin next week.

Work, which will last about four weeks, will begin on Monday and will make way for an increase in pedestrian space on each of the street’s four blocks.

Changes are set to come into full effect after the Edinburgh Festival.

The works will also result in the introduction of a dedicated two-way cycle lane and a one-way system for general traffic and buses.

Preparations for the scheme will be phased along the length of the street from west to east, with the north side of the street being closed from Charlotte Square to Frederick Street and the south side closed between Frederick Street and St Andrew Square.

BBC - George Street to be revamped

BBC – George Street to be revamped (Image (c) BBC 13 June 2014)

I’m sure this will be a unmitigated success, just like the the tram works 😉

Edinburgh Trams Start Date

Today we were given a date for when the first trams will carry their first passenger, the date is 31st May 2014.  Three years on from when they were first originally meant to be in operation.  incidentally the titanic was launched on the 31st May, so one must presume that Edinburgh council does indeed have a  sense of humor.  One line York place to the Airport, at a cost of Three quarters of a billion pounds, Worth it? probably not, sure the money would have been better spent else where, but that’s just me right? …… pffft

Snippet from Evening news below May 02 2014

Edinburgh’s trams will start carrying paying passengers on May 31.

The first passenger-carrying tram will leave the Gyle at 5am and head to York Place.

It is understood the opening ceremony will be deliberately low-key given the much-maligned project’s overblown budget and missed deadlines.


Also see Leith tram extension hopes fade after funding snub