Integrate and improve local rail and light rail services in the Edinburgh area under the control (and integrated ticketing fare structure) of Transport for Edinburgh. Many of the existing railway lines in Edinburgh are not used to anywhere near the full extent that they could and should be for a major city. With relatively minor track and signalling improvements the following are easily possible.
Minimum service frequency of every 15 minutes between Gorebridge or Prestonpans via Waverley to Inverkeithing/Dunfermline or to Livingston South, with additional commuter stations at Joppa, Portobello, Craigentinny, Meadowbank and Abbeyhill. Improved walking/cycling and shuttle bus route from Curriehill to Heriot-Watt University.
New tram service (similar to Tyne and Wear Metro) between Ingliston/Airport or Corstorphine (using former railway branch trackbed) and existing tram route to west of Murrayfield, joining the existing South Suburban railway with tram stops in appropriate locations (such as at major shopping centres and residential areas), then via Newcraighall and Musselburgh stations into Musselburgh town centre.
Also return the originally planned circular tram route from Haymarket – Roseburn – north Edinburgh – Granton – Leith (and back to the city centre) to the planning agenda as a priority.
Date 2 December 2017
Submitted by David Marsh