Edinburgh Tram developments

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  1. Chrism20

    Chrism20 Established Member

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    I used to feel the same about the trams, however having moved to Murrayfield recently I must admit I was extremely surprised at just how well used the trams actually are and at all times of the day.

    They struggle with matching the 100 for Airport to City Centre for time but for many local journeys out to the Gyle or into town they are better than the bus.
     
  2. overthewater

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-47170979

    Its that contingency fund that pushed it up? Also way is the money from the ST Johns Centre who said there woudl give an interest free loan to extending it down Leith walk>


     
  3. mrmartin

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    While seems somewhat expensive if it is to be primarily (>90%) funded by future fares it is a no brainer surely? I assume there is no Scottish govt funding going in here?

    I can't think of many rail projects that are able to be funded like this.
     
  4. och aye

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    Council set to back Edinburgh tram extension

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-47402066

     
  5. GrimShady

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    Good news!

    I'm all for the extension and more!

    Pity Glasgow can't get it's act together and start rebuilding its tram network.
     
  6. VioletEclipse

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    I fully agree with you there :)
     
  7. Balfarg1982

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    I think this is because the 100 is more a direct route into town via corstophine Haymarket and city center but the tram goes out towards gyle saughton balgreen murryfield into Haymarket into city center. But it's only around 5-6 mins slower than the 100 with more stops and miles to do.
     
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    Extension approved according to The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...proves-207m-extension-to-tram-line?CMP=twt_gu

     
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    Lets hope they don't mess things up this time round!

    A lot of work has already been done in Leith Walk. If construction goes according to plan without any major issues, it could well open before 2023. I wonder if the 2023 opening year, is just to give the council a bit of breathing space if they do come across any major problems and don't end up with egg on their face and the angry of the public like what happened during the initial works.
     
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    There’s a cemetery on Constitution Street. The wall is not the original boundary of the cemetery. Archeological works in that section alone could be very extensive, and I assume would have to fit in with traffic management plans for adjacent sections.
     
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    I say it could easily take five years to complete, unless they have actually learned from their mistakes last time ;)
     
  14. Butts

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    Does anyone know why the TVM's accept contactless but only for for transactions over £3

    This prevents you buying a £1.70 single other than with change as they don't accept notes.

    To dodge the "Airport Surcharge" the other night I walked up to the next stop at the park and ride only to realise I was "potless"

    Luckily there as another "dodger" in situ and he gave me his fare and I was able to use my card to pay for both taking me over the £3 limit.
     
  15. GaryMcEwan

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    It's apparently to keep the charges charged by the bank to a minimum...
     
  16. Butts

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    A likely tale .. no one bat's an eyelid if you pay for an "I" costing a third of that using contactless.

    Surely - The Airport Surcharge could ameliorate any bank charges - quite easily !!!
     
  17. takno

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    They often take a loss when they sell you that i, but they're hoping to make it back when you buy something else. The ticket machines aren't selling anything else
     
  18. Bungle965

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    The ticket machines in their current format are a pain in the backside.
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  19. gghdev

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    It’s not a great excuse for a transport provider; presumably better deals are available. Buses all over the country take contactless. Buses and trams in London only take contactless and Oyster now, with cash no-longer being accepted. They’ve actually taken the tram ticket machines out of action entirely.

    I’m impatiently waiting for Lothian and Edinburgh Trams to catch-up because it’s a complete pain in the ass getting around Edinburgh if I’m only there for a day or two, compared to the cashless world I live in down here. Even m-tickets have a totally unreasonable minimum spend.
     
  20. och aye

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    Off topic, sorry, but I believe the airport bus services and a couple of routes now have contactless payments. Lothian Buseshave a plan to eventually roll it out across the network, when that is of course is another question.
     
  21. Balfarg1982

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    There's contactless payments accross the tvms now
     
  22. gghdev

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    Yes, but I believe the minimum amount for card payments is still above the cost of a single ticket (in the city). If there is no pay as you go and I must actually buy a ticket, they could at least let me buy a single with a card. I’m still waiting, highly impatiently, for Edinburgh to catch-up.
     
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  23. Butts

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    Yes it's £3, with a single being £1.70 to anywhere but the Airport.
     

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