SNP candidate calls for better transport

SFLG Toni Guiliano
SFLG Toni Guiliano

A petition appealing for a major review of public transport in West Edinburgh has been signed by over 600 people.

Toni Giugliano, the SNP’s Queensferry candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections, started the campaign in light of proposed developments of new homes which “will add to pollution and congestion”.

He said: “There’s no reason why you can get from Edinburgh to Penicuik for £1.50 and it’s double that to get to the Ferry. We need one integrated bus system for the city.

“The hundreds of new homes are a game-changer and now is the time to re-open the debate. ”

Mr Giugliano said Queensferry residents pay £3 for a single ticket to the city centre with Stagecoach which is double the price of a ticket from the city centre to Penicuik on a Lothian bus. He added: “Worst of all are the fragmented connections to St John’s Hospital in West Lothian.”

He has written to Edinburgh council’s transport convener, Lothian Buses, Stagecoach and Scotrail to discuss the issue.

He added: “I hope as many residents as possible will sign the petition so that we can speak on the issue with a strong voice.”