Wednesday 22 August 2007: Room 101 - Trams
Edinburgh trams to be more precise.
I'm all for public transport and reducing our carbon footprint. I get the bus to and from work every day and use the train rather than fly or drive.
The Edinburgh Tram project has been flawed from the beginning:
-For the cost we could replace all of the the buses with environmentally friendly ones and probably make bus transport free for everyone for ever.
-The disruption of building the infrastructure is going to go on for years.
-No-one asked us if we wanted trams. We had a vote on congestion charging but not trams - how does that work?
-The tram lines will reduce bus services to alternate destinbations along the route. I'd have to take a tram and then a bus (but if you saw my blip yesterday - we're moving). This would increase the cost of my journey - a tax on living on the route.
-The tram lines will affect parking on the route - probably meaning permit parking (a tax to live on the route).
-They wouldn't make any difference to the log-jam that is princes street at 18:00, which is buses only already. The trams aren't going to fly!
I'm sure others are advocates, but trams are defo in my Room 101!
In fact, I feel so strongly that I chose this instead of a great shot of Edinburgh castle in the morning sunshine that I got on the way to work :-)