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Objection to proposed Edinburgh bus lane cuts

Published 18 February 2015 by Colin Howden

Transform Scotland have joined Living Streets Scotland, Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport in objecting to The City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed cuts to the coverage of its bus lanes. Our objection follows.

 

Dear Sir/Madam

We would like to register our objection to traffic orders ETRO/14/38B and/or ETRO/14/38A on the following grounds:

* The proposals are in conflict with CEC Local Transport Strategy policy PubTrans7 (on maintaining the existing bus lane network).

* We are concerned that the reduction in bus lane operation gives the signal that greater private transport access within the City is being promoted at the expense of public transport provision. A large part of the standing that the The City of Edinburgh Council has on sustainable transport policy has been built around the development of its ‘Greenways’ network of bus priority measures. It would bring significant concern to us to see the commitment to public transport priority in the City diminished.

We would also note that a number of our member groups (including Living Streets Scotland, Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport) have made objections to these traffic orders, and we are happy to be associated with their more detailed objections regarding the potential impacts on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

I would be grateful if you would acknowledge this objection.

Colin Howden
Director, Transform Scotland

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