Roads are like arteries for cities. Roads get you places. Cyclists, walkers, buses, cars, trucks, etc, all need to use roads. The place would grind to a hault if it wasn’t for roads.
Unfortunately, Edinburgh has the most dug-up roads in the world.
I went into town the other day. I saw miles and miles of roads being dug-up. The entire length of Princess Street is being dug-up for the second time in three years, because some idiot signed-off the tram work when it was defective and the work had to be re-done.
Haymarket is a mess. Shandwick Place is closed. A few months ago they put down some nice new cobbles on Castle Street, and now they’re digging a trench down it! They’ve been digging up North St Andrews Street for years now. And that’s only what’s happening in the very centre of town.
Bus routes are diverted all over the place. Roads are closed for hundreds of yards. Shops suffer. Everyone suffers.
You’d think that there would be some urgency to get the work done, but no! See if you can spot anyone actually doing anything in the two photos below. Shandwick Place is usually very busy. It’s right at the west end of the centre of town.
It’s actually not that long ago that Shandwick Place was resurfaced, as you can see in the centre of the road above. Soon after, they came along and dug up the edges where they’d previously put down a green, bus-route surface. And now they’re digging it ALL up again!