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"Mayhem" (the new word for chaos)

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  1. Ed1
    Member

    I went to get the 2017 train from livi south on wednessday evening as was cold, the board said it was running as normal but after waiting 15 minutes past its time I checked scot rail and the train had been cancelled before departed from glasgow an hour earlier, because of someone being hit by the train.

    I have cycled from livi north to south a couple of times, from town go up the back of morrisions and take the path to livi south. I normally use the road past lidl when coming from livi north as going down hill.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. fimm
    Member

    Ed1 yes, that's the route I should have taken, rather than the long loop round I actually made...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Ross Hart (@RossH_DP)
    11/01/2017, 10:03
    Two and a half hours to drive from Edinburgh to Dunfermline this morning due to #FRB closure. Absolute chaos on the roads.

    "

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. crowriver
    Member

    I understand train services are running smoothly.....just sayin'

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. acsimpson
    Member

    They are now... after an earlier signal failure.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. Ed1
    Member

  7. crowriver
    Member

    Aha, must have missed that one!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

  9. HankChief
    Member

    Expect some Mayhem in the West for the next few days and the Gogar Underpass is shut to install a digital display.

    Hats off to Start of Friday's subtle tweet

    Posted 10 months ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

  11. HankChief
    Member

    Yep. Mayhem this morning in the West.

    This is the giant digital billboards being installed - going to be best to stick to the cycle paths from now on...

    http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/giant-video-billboard-over-road-sparks-safety-fear-1-3629074

    Posted 10 months ago #
  12. Frenchy
    Member

    Roadworks on Drum St at the moment,, taking it down to one lane. Fans of filtering should head to Gilmerton Road.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  13. amir
    Member

    @Frenchy I've been enjoying that for the last couple of days. It can be frustrating difficult to filter in Drum St. "They" should really have banned parking around the roadworks - that might have helped (especially buses and other large vehicles).

    If I wasn't so tired after the weekend's ride, I'd go up Lasswade Road instead to get home(it's steeper!).

    Posted 8 months ago #
  14. Frenchy
    Member

    It's also made Drum St much easier to cross as a pedestrian. More roadworks please!

    Posted 8 months ago #
  15. chdot
    Admin

  16. Frenchy
    Member

    Motor traffic on Gilmerton Road this morning was queued nose to tail all the way from Morrison's to Drum Street (presumably further in each direction as well, but that's the stretch I walked along).

    Lots of impatient drivers, including one lady driving on the wrong side of the road in order to get to the front of the queue, as I was crossing the street. Soooo many people texting.

    I did see a councillor waiting for a bus, though, so hopefully they were taking notes.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. Ed1
    Member

    “Train too unreliable to commute time to buy a new car” this year the morning train from curriehill on the shots line has been cancelled many times with no notice. This year I would guess been late 8 times using public transport once a bus and had to walk 8 miles the other times train.

    At a meeting it was suggested I get a new car after the number of train cancellations was reviewed, my car is old does not always start until the last cancellation I must only have used my car may be 5 times in 2017 to commute, I was cycling or train in the morning and cycle back. I used to cycle both ways every day of my 8 miles commute but was told smell was an issue so then switched to train in the morning cycle home. Now it appears may need to go back to car.

    Are trains too unreliable to use for commuting I suppose the shotts line the one I use is quite unreliable think worse than most.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. chdot
    Admin

    "Are trains too unreliable to use for commuting I suppose the shotts line the one I use is quite unreliable think worse than most."

    Worth a new thread.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. crowriver
    Member

    Not in my experience they are not (touch wood). I use the east coast line through Fife (Aberdeen/Dundee trains) and while the return service is often 5 minutes late, morning ones are usually on time. Very rare for a major delay or cancellation. I've been doing this for 14 years and if anything the service has improved during that time.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. acsimpson
    Member

    I've seen a few Fife circle trains cancelled in the evening over the last few months. It's quite annoying when it's the last train for an hour but when it isn't cancelled there are far fewer delays than when driving.

    I guess I should be grateful that my employer is understanding enough and my job flexible enough that if I'm late I can catch up on the time.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. crowriver
    Member

    "I've seen a few Fife circle trains cancelled"

    Yes, that's true. The InterCity services only very rarely suffer this fate - though it's not unknown, especially in bad weather.

    Most recent incident was the signal failure/broken down train between Haymarket and Waverley earlier this month which caused rippling delays all day, plus quite a few cancellations early morning. My train was cancelled, but I got on the next one and was about half an hour late. On the way back, loads of folk got on at Ladybank from a cancelled Perth-Edinburgh service.

    So as I say, not unknown but thankfully pretty rare.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. chdot
    Admin

    “but thankfully pretty rare“

    That depends -

    Also Fife Circle trains too often skip stations between Kirkcaldy and Inverkeithing making a half hourly service into an hourly one.

    Very occasionally they skip Inverkeithing too, but it and Kirkcaldy have many more trains than the intermediate ones.

    ScotRail sometimes does this to trains running less than 5 minutes late.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. chdot
    Admin

    Though not everything is under SR control -

    https://twitter.com/mr_mark_brown/status/943888832101076992

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. acsimpson
    Member

    Station skipping is pretty rife between Inverkeithing and Haymarket too.

    The last time it happened to me I had aborted a bike commute and jumped on the train at Rosyth which was as you say only a few minutes late. I then had to change at Inverkeithing and get the train to South Gyle rather than Gateway.

    The guard on the train had the cheek to suggest that I should have bought a ticket to South Gyle rather than Gateway. Thankfully he didn't follow through on the suggestion.

    With only alternate trains stopping at each of South Gyle and Gateway a cancellation/skipped station can become a big delay pretty rapidly as they don't have the wisdom/ability to stop the next train at the missed station. (http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=69#post-268911)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. crowriver
    Member

    Traffic chaos at Nevis Range and Glencoe ski centres

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42760394

    Posted 1 month ago #

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