Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran) this week launches a “Conference Carshare” section to their liftsharing website: http://www.tactranliftshare.com/. This unique new feature is being introduced to coincide with and encourage delegates at the annual Roads Expo Conference in Ingliston to travel more sustainably, in line with the theme of the Conference.
The tactranliftshare site which currently has over 1200 commuter journeys registered is now focussing on travel to large events which attract drivers from all over Scotland and the UK. In addition to the regular commuter journeys registered, Tactran hopes conference delegates will consider car sharing to major events as well as for their regular journeys when they head home.
Chair of Tactran, Councillor Fraser Macpherson says:
Tactranliftshare.com is proving increasingly successful in attracting commuters to share their journeys and offer space in their cars. At present, the site saves 810,000 road miles and 248 tonnes of Co2 annually. By highlighting major events such as the Roads Expo Conference in Ingliston, we hope to see this positive contribution to reducing transport emissions and traffic congestion grow and grow.
If you would like to link your conference to http://www.tactranliftshare.com/ or require further information, contact Merry Scott on 01738 475772.
"There is insufficient room to accommodate a mini-roundabout and the junction layout could not accommodate all turning manoeuvres (especially Blackness Road eastbound to Balgay Road).
"A further issue would be visibility. There have been measures introduced (build-outs) to improve visibility at the Blackness Avenue/Blackness Road approach by bringing the giveway line forward. The main disadvantage of a mini-roundabout at this location would be the resulting set back of the give-way marking at the expense of full visibility to the right due to the boundary wall/parking. [The most dominant accident pattern is failing to give way at the Blackness Avenue approach]."
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
On behalf of Friends of Magdalen Green
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Councillor Fraser Macpherson, Chair of TACTRAN (Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership), Councillor John Kellas, Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee and Robert Andrew, Regional Director of Stagecoach Scotland, will also be in attendance reflecting the partnership which worked to create the new facility.
The Park & Ride opened on 28 May this year, and provides improved public transport links for car drivers, local bus users and cyclists. Located on the western outskirts of Kinross a short distance from Junction 6 of the M90, the site is ideally situated to offer a convenient alternative for motorists using the M90 to travel to either Edinburgh or Perth, helping to relieve congestion on one of the busiest commuter routes in east Scotland.
Mr Stevenson said: “Situated on one of the busiest commuter routes in east Scotland, this new facility is absolutely vital. I want to see more Park & Ride schemes like this one right across the country.
“If we are to win the battle to tackle congestion, we must offer the commuter real alternatives to the car. We must encourage a change in the mode of transport used by the public to protect our environment and ensure our economy can develop without being constricted by an increasingly congested roads network.
“The new Scottish Government will build new rail lines, improve the bus network, encourage the use of park and ride facilities, and continue to promote cycling and walking as healthier and greener ways to travel.
“Well planned initiatives like this one in Kinross give people a real alternative to the car, helping them to avoid the jams, whilst relieving congestion on our roads network.”
Councillor Macpherson said: “I am delighted that TACTRAN has been able to provide the funding required to deliver the Kinross Park & Ride facility. Development of Park & Ride is one key element of the TACTRAN Regional Transport Strategy.
“Over the next few months we will be working on development of a regional Park & Ride strategy, which will build on and complement existing Park & Rides to deliver a regional network of edge-of-city and urban sites, particularly focused on our main urban centres of Dundee, Perth and Stirling. In taking this strategy forward we will continue to work in partnership with Scottish Government, our Councils and transport operators to deliver effective public transport options which will reduce congestion, improve accessibility and promote the use of more sustainable options for modern travel demands.”
Councillor Kellas said: “Through our Local Transport Strategy Perth & Kinross Council is committed to maintaining and improving public transport services and offering new and innovative alternatives to the car. By providing enhanced public transport links from Kinross to Perth and Edinburgh this facility will be beneficial to commuters and also those visiting the area. It will also take some pressure off our local and strategic roads by reducing car use.
“Certain local bus services in Kinross have also been re-routed via the Park and Ride to allow local residents access to the inter city coach system. With Stagecoach Fife routing Services 23 and 36B to specifically serve the Kinross Park & Ride site, and Service 201 operating to the adjacent supermarket, we hope that local residents will also be encouraged to leave their car at home and make their whole journey by public transport. Travellers can enjoy a more pleasant journey by coach and arrive relaxed without the need to a find parking space”.
Robert Andrew added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with TACTRAN and the Council to provide a local bus option between parts of rural Kinross-shire and the Kinross Park & Ride site. Hopefully many residents will use the bus to reach the interchange point with Scottish Citylink and megabus.com express coach services, from which two coaches operate every hour to Edinburgh during the majority of the day.
“We are continually monitoring public reaction and feedback to the service and this has led to the recent decision to provide links with Stagecoach Fife Service 747 at Ferrytoll Park+Ride, with through ticketing to/from Edinburgh Airport. We look forward to working in conjunction with the Council and TACTRAN to identify further opportunities to develop the role of the Kinross site and also other Park & Ride opportunities in the TACTRAN region."
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Having spent the last couple of days at my employer's Annual Conference (you can see the brilliant Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Conference Gala Dinner above) I'm back to loads of e-mails and messages on West End issues - a full update soon!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
“In addition to the Council schools, work is currently on-going with the High School of Dundee regarding 20mph part-time speed limits and this is also expected to be completed within the next month.
“Steps have also been taken to ensure that any new schools opening in Dundee through the PPP initiative will also have part-time 20mph speed limits in place from their first day of opening.
“In addition to 20mph speed limits at schools further work has been undertaken in partnership between the Education and Planning & Transportation Departments to develop School Travel Plans. A seconded post was provided for a two year period within the Education Department to develop an exemplar School Travel Plan pack as part of the Health Promoting Schools initiative. An exemplar pack has been issued to all schools in Dundee with the Head Teacher of each school responsible for implementing their School Travel Plan. These School Travel Plans aim to encourage pupils to travel to school in a more sustainable and healthy manner by encouraging walking, cycling and public transport in favour of car journeys.
“Dundee City Council also works in partnership with Tayside Police and provides resources and professional officer input to assist Tayside Police's Road Safety Officers who regularly take the road safety message into the classroom.
“I trust this information assures you that Dundee City Council has tackled the need for 20mph speed limits at Schools and continues to develop travel initiatives to help improve the health of our school pupils.”
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The Order is expected to be in force for ten weeks from 22 October 2007. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicles in Tay Street Service Road from its junction with South Tay Street at a point 30 metres or thereby in a westerly direction.
Pedestrian thoroughfare and vehicular access to premises will be maintained.
An alternative route will be available via Tay Square.
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, Planning and Transportation Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date. If you have any queries please contact the department on 433168."
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
"We have now inspected the Square and agree it needs some attention.
We will liaise with the Public Art Officer and ascertain the best method of remediation."
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- School crossing patrol survey - Perth Road
- Appeal Decisions
- State of former Logie Secondary School site
The Community Council next meets on Tuesday 9th October at 7pm in Logie St John's (Cross) Church Hall.