Posted by: Bill Forbes, Cambuslang on 5:38pm Wed 22 Aug 07
I think the big problems in Edinburgh will be traffic problems. If the bridge tolls are scrapped and more traffic enters the city, there will be massive problems for Edinburgh. I’d be willing to wager that a white knight will appear for them perhaps in the shape of a Stagecoach and the Council will sell their stake to Mr Soutar. He already has the Manchester and Sheffield trams, don’t you think he has even considered Edinburgh?
But that is Edinburgh and this is Glasgow. Frank is right; there should be a new plan worth supporting. Have a look at my web site (http://www.subway2020.com ) and see what you think. The SPT refused to consider it because it was “amateurish” and they were happy with spending £90,000 to get the proposal for the East End Circle – which (although only three months ago) has now been set aside while a new East – West subway extension is considered.
But the main theme here is the SPT wasting money. They’ve spent £90K on a Subway plan which has now been scrapped. They are spending more on another study (including a junket, oops, sorry, fact finding mission to Toulouse) for another scheme. They are spending £450,000 on a second stage “FastLink” study (that means they have already spent the money on the first stage) and they don’t even know if they’ll get approval. The funny thing is, I’ve had a look at the SPT’s budget for this year and there is no mention of this being planned. Similarly, there is no mention of a £250,000 first phase study into a Maglev train running between Glasgow and Edinburgh (stages 2 & 3 of the study will cost another £750,000 ).
But the real damming thing is that the SPT 15 year transport plan (Regional Transport Strategy) published in March shows that the second and third phase of Fastlink is not to be ready until 2016 .
Where are they getting all the money? Well perhaps, because there are major delays to the Partick Station scheme they have a budget which is not going to be spent this year. So rather than give the money back, they find other things to spend it on.