Bus route bypasses city centre

posted 15 Oct 2009, 06:36 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Transport chiefs are set to press ahead with plans for a new fast bus link around the south of the city, capable of carrying up to six million passengers a year. The hard shoulder of the city bypass would double as a bus lane under the plans for a £30 million link, which would run from the airport in the west to Millerhill in Midlothian.

The Edinburgh Orbital Bus Rapid Transit system (EOBRT) scheme was originally expected to cost £54m, but regional transport body SEStran – which is behind the plans – now expects it to cost £24m-£33m after dropping plans to build new roads, using the hard shoulder instead. It is planned that the route would integrate the growing network of park-and-ride sites around the south of the city, improving access to the likes of Edinburgh Park, Queen Margaret College, the Gyle and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Full story from Edinburgh Evening News