Edinburgh bus lanes – Johnstone condemns backward step

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today criticised Edinburgh city council for deciding to open up bus lanes to other vehicles except during peak hours.

Prominent routes affected include Leith Street, Leith Walk, Lanark Road and York Place. The council’s own report accepted that “there will be some loss of amenity for cyclists”.

Alison speaking at event June 13Alison Johnstone MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on cycling, said:

“By changing all-day bus lanes into peak-period bus lanes the city is opening up more road space to private cars and HGVs when instead it should be attempting to reduce traffic flow in the first place. This move is likely to worsen the noise and pollution on our streets.

“It’s disappointing that the council committee, with the exception of my Green councillor colleagues Nigel Bagshaw and Chas Booth, has ignored the reasonable objections to this move, and has pushed through such a backward step. It will worsen conditions for cyclists at a time when we should be making it easier for people to get around our city by bike, and making our streets cleaner and quieter for people to enjoy their community.”