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West Edinburgh needs better public transport

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It's time to address the public transport problems facing the communities of west Edinburgh.

- Queensferry residents pay £3 for a single ticket to the city centre with Stagecoach. That’s double the price of a ticket from the city centre to Penicuik on a Lothian bus. 

- Stagecoach’s weekend night services are limited, with the last bus from St Andrew Square leaving just after 11:30, forcing people to fork out on expensive taxis. 

- The trains aren’t much better. A relatively short return journey from Dalmeny to Waverley (peak price) costs  £7.90 for the privilege of riding on an overcrowded carriage on the Fife Circle. Often passengers are left behind at the platform and those who do make it in are packed like sardines.

- Worst of all are the fragmented connections to St John’s Hospital in West Lothian. 

With scores of new homes in both Kirkliston and Queensferry, and with hundreds more earmarked for Builyeon Road, now is the time to re-open the public transport debate. Indeed, Queensferry alone could see up to 1500 new houses built if planned housing developments are greenlit.

The need for action is obvious.

To address new housing pressures, this petition asks:

1. Lothian Buses to expand and invest in west Edinburgh;

2. Stagecoach, in the immediate term, to operate a night service to Queensferry en route to Fife;

3. Scotrail to increase the number of carriages on the Fife Circle which will benefit commuters at Dalmeny but also South Gyle, and set up a ‘City of Edinburgh radius’ price scheme to make local journeys more affordable;

4. Edinburgh City Council's Transport Chief to put forward a new plan for improving connectivity in and around west Edinburgh. 

Please sign this petition today. 



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