Greens seek action over Edinburgh traffic congestion

Green councillors have called for an end to hand-wringing over news that Edinburgh has the worst congestion problems of anywhere in Scotland.

Green transport spokesperson Cllr Nigel Bagshaw said:

“It will come as no surprise to residents in Edinburgh that congestion is worse here than in London. Congestion is bad news, for the economy, for emergency services, for disabled people who need a car, and for those communities blighted by air pollution

“It is clear that this is not a problem that can be built out of, without wrecking the city’s historic streets and green spaces which are so much a part of what defines the city. At the moment there are just too many cars competing for too little space The only way forward is through reduced transport demand and managing that demand better.

“As a planning authority we need to start getting tough on developments which we know are going to make traffic pressures worse. We need to stop absurd projects like “Alive after Five” which, at the cost of £47,000 is actually encouraging more people to drive into the city centre. And we need to start investing in public transport, better facilities for cycling and walking and really upping the city’s game on car-sharing and pooling.

“The time for hand-wringing is long gone.”