Transport/History

ROUND IN CIRCLES ON TRAMS

City of Edinburgh councillors are currently considering the business case for extending the tramline to Newhaven. 

They will debate a report on the subject at the Transport & Environment Committee on 28 February. This, if approved, will then be discussed and voted upon at a meeting of the full Council on 14 March. 

COLLISION SETS PULSES RACING

ALARMING SMASH AT YORK PLACE. — A collision between a 3-ton motor lorry and a tramcar at the crossing of York Place, Edinburgh, and Broughton Street, caused some alarm yesterday forenoon. 

While the lorry, belonging to the A.C.S. Motor Company, was turning from York Place into Broughton Street, it skidded and crashed broadside into a tramcar which was proceeding northwards down Broughton Street, and partially knocked it off the permanent way.

EDINBURGH'S UPHILL STRUGGLE

Ah the good old days! 

When Edinburgh was graced by beautiful horses, a comprehensive tramway system, decent roads, happy visitors, and a popular Council firmly in control of private-sector subcontractors, operating across all departments with efficiency and purpose. 

Two letters which appeared in the Scotsman on 18 and 22 December 1869 cast an interesting light on distinctive features of nineteenth-century Edinburgh street life; some of which are thankfully lost, others of which sound rather familiar. 

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