Edinburgh - Princes Street

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by D-Rider, 30 Apr 2010.

  1. D-Rider

    D-Rider New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Any Edinburgh commuters there using Princes Street at the moment?

    Am thinking about trying a different route home but not sure of the current tramworks (;)) situation.

    Can I cycle up through Haymarket and along Princes street? And, if so, is it just carnage with buses?
     
  2. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Fortunately I only have to cross it, which I do at The Mound & Hanover St. If I had to travel the length, I would use George St to avoid the tramlines. Even HJ when he was teaching people how to handle the tramlines came a cropper.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    D-Rider

    D-Rider New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I usually go through the New Town and then along Queen Street but fancy a change. Had forgotten the tramlines are there now... can't be too tricky surely.... just don't try to cross at too shallow an angle?
     
  4. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    The tram lines can get very slippery, take care...
     
  5. OP
    OP
    D-Rider

    D-Rider New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Thanks for that, HJ. Think I'll see how adventurous I feel when I get to my usual turn off.

    Anyone know if the road is open all the way up from Haymarket though?
     
  6. fimm

    fimm Veteran

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    It is open from Haymarket in one direction only - from Haymarket towards Princes Street, and you have to go round Charlotte Square. Going the other way, traffic is being diverted along the Western Approach Road, which you can't cycle on as I'm sure you know. I don't commute down there, just go there sometimes on my way through town (and I also avoid Princes Street because I don't like dodging the buses).
     
  7. OP
    OP
    D-Rider

    D-Rider New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Cheers fimm, that's what I wanted to know. Sounds more hassle than it's worth.
     
  8. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    ARRGGHHH!! IT'S SILENCE OF THE TRAMS!!


    My biggest fear would be getting stuck in the track whilst a tram was coming. That'd certainly be a brown trouser moment, I'm sure!!
     
  9. fimm

    fimm Veteran

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    They've now taken away the restriction, so you can cycle both ways along Shandwick Place. You still have to go round Charlotte Square if you are heading from Haymarket to Princes Street.
     
  10. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    How did I miss your starring role before? With you and Maggers around, we're in the company of media superstars! :smile:
     
  11. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    I am so in agreement with new tram schemes, which makes the opposition all a bit bemusing to me.
     
  12. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Here we must disagree, the No.22 bus already does an excellant job of transporting people between Leith & The Gyle. I am having a hard time seeing the benefits from installing a tram rail along this route at the cost and inconvenience the construction has caused.
     
  13. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    With the busses as good as they are, edinburgh doesn't need trams. the money would be better spent improving the roads or reducing the fares. i might feel differently if they went more places but they wont so...
     
  14. OP
    OP
    D-Rider

    D-Rider New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Couldn't agree more Edinburgh has been carnage with road works and no light at the end of the tunnel. And all they seem to be doing is swapping the 22 bus for a tram....
     
  15. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    And narrowing Leith Walk so much that you won't be able to cycle up it any more when they get the tram lines laid.

    I used to be in favour of the trams, but as the months & years have passed and it just lurches from crisis to crisis, I'm no longer much of an enthusiast. They were supposed to have been laying the tracks on Leith Walk in Jan 2009; as of May 2010, they're nowhere near starting, ffs!!
     
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