You CAN get there from here! Driving to the West End without increasing traffic through Ainslie Place.

Ever found yourself driving down Lothian Road and wondered how on earth to get to the West End? After a useful meeting between the Transport Sub-Cttee and Alasdair Sim at the Council, it looks like a helpful solution may have been found. The CEC Transport and Environment Cttee meets on 26 August to discuss options and the NTBCC Transport Sub-Cttee is throwing its weight behind Alasdair's proposal to open up the Hope Street junction to drivers in both directions.

From our point of view, the main advantage is that this option won't increase the flow of traffic through St Colme Street, Ainslie Place, Great Stuart Street and Randolph Crescent but it will also make it easier to get to the West End and access all businesses and parking west of Queensferry Street. Let's hope the CEC agrees!

Alasdair also undertook to look at the timing of the pedestrian crossings on Heriot Row to given more time to cross especially now that traffic islands have been removed. He also reassured us that the traffic island removed from Broughton Street when traffic was diverted along Albany Street during the tram-works should be reinstated. Finally, he also confirmed that the direction of traffic along Hill Street/Young Street is under review so watch this space. Full report will go to the next NTBCC meetiing on 4 August.