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Blind Section member Alex Scott has a history of campaigning for better transport for disabled people
in Scotland. He was heavily involved in a drive to get concessionary travel for disabled
people. But he has not stopped there.
Alex is working with a new campaign, Better Rail Services, aimed at getting the Scottish Government to
reopen closed routes and stations. “Rail transport is all about linking communities together, that’s why Community
is involved. It’s good for jobs and the environment too”, he said. “That’s why I’m urging Community
members across Scotland and the rest of the UK to lobby their MSPs and MPs to bring our rail system into the 21st
Alex is also a strong supporter of the HS2 project to create a high-speed rail network linking London to the north. He wants HS2 extended into Scotland much sooner than currently planned.
Community is also backing the HS2 campaign because the union believes it is the kind of major infrastructure
project that will help to get the economy moving and reduce the north-south divide.
Find out more on the Community website.
6th May 2011
we welcome the opening of the Bathgate Airdrie link and the line from Edinburgh
to Helensburgh as this will change peoples lives in the future by joining up communities. It is hoped that the new Scottish
Government can look positively at reopening stations and the lines that were closed down in the late sixties and there should
be a timetable to do this over the next parliamentary term. They should also look at the following stations'
in Berwickshire (with the opening of the link to Eyemouth)
East Linton in East Lothian
Newbury in Fife
Abbeyhill and Portobello in Edinburgh.
It is hoped that they can reopen the South suburban
line and join this up with the Fife circle line. The trains would do a figure of eight
outer circle and inner circle. There should also be a connection between Edinburgh and
During the festival they should see if they can run later
services to Newcastle, Carlisle, Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow
and all other stations in the central belt. At the moment the last direct train leaves London Kingscross at 7pm and
this should be put back to 8pm. More should be done to reduce the time to less than four hours on the east coast line.
The high speed service on the west coast line could serve Edinburgh as well as Glasgow from Euston via Preston, Carlisle to
Edinburgh during the peak period. This would not cost
much and would save a considerable amount of travelling time from the centre of London to the
centre of Edinburgh. A faster service would appeal to potential
travellers who may otherwise opt to use the airlines.
high speed link between London and Scotland
is said to be with us by 2032-46. More should be done to bring Scotland
into the 21st century on accessible rail travel. All these points should be taken into consideration by the Scottish
government in co-operation with the UK Government.
opening of the railway line – Edinburgh to Galashiels is in the planning stage and there
should be a push for the reintroduction of the Carlisle to Hawick section of the Waverley
line. This would leave a 30 mile gap in the rail link between Galashiels and
Hawick which could be scheduled for completion at a later date.
above mentioned will be an investment for Scotland’s future transport needs and help to promote tourism also the economy
Alex Scott MBE blogspot.com.
My main concern for the Edinburgh and Lothians is the transport situation and I fully support the Airdrie
Bathgate link the opening of the Waverley line to Galashiels with a twin track to Gorebridge
with the feasibility to take this further to the Borders on to Newcastleton and Carlisle.
The opening of the railway link to Penicuik,
to Peebles Innerlethan Walkerburn and Galashiels. with the appropriate stations and the re-opening of the South suburban line
and this could work in conjunction with the Fife circular line for example a figure of eight
for passenger trains. Stations should also be opened at Abbeyhill Gorgie and Portobello, with a rail link to Edinburgh airport. A passenger ferry service to Burntisland to Granton, (the road distance
is 19.9 miles) Kirkcaldy to Portobello a distance of 32 miles by road. and a ferry ticket which covers all modes of transport
within Edinburgh and Fife. A car ferry from Dunbar/Anstruther
(distance being 94 miles). These measures with an integrated public transport
system would alleviate congestion, improve the environment and reduce the stress from which people suffer from whilst encountering
traffic jams etc.
A metro rail-tram connection from Granton
to Haymarket or the viability of a line Granton Trinity Abbeyhill instead of the disruption that tram lines are going to cause
to the people from Leith Princess Street Roseburn and the Gyle etc.
There should be more investment in the Scottish
train system with electrification of the east coast line to Aberdeen, with the same improvements
on the line to Glasgow Queen Street with the opening
of the cross Glasgow rail link with dual tracking on more of the line between Perth
and Inverness. These measures taken in conjunction
with trains running up to an hour and a half later between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street and trains from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh about one hour later than they are just now.
This will help to increase business and tourism.
There should be a Southeast passenger transport
authority to co-ordinate low fares accessible integrated transport system for Edinburgh East Lothian Midlothian West Lothian
Fife and the Scottish borders covering buses metro rail trains and ferries. Edinburgh
has a very good bus system which can be diverted if there are hold-ups if there are problems on the road unlike trams. Unfortunately
when Lothian regional transport review their programme of routes there is always people who lose out on the 18 / 32 route
and the 11 / 31 and this has happened around Edinburgh as well.
ALEX SCOTT M.B.E.
YOUR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ON
LOTHIAN REGION LIST
YOUR VOTE COUNT ON MAY 3rd 2007
have had eight years of the Scottish Parliament and has there been a great deal of difference. For example Education they
have been talking for years about reducing class sizes to under 20 per class and they are still trying to achieve this. This
is a very important time to install discipline in the classroom, especially between the ages 5-7 years and more public investment
should be more public investment in the health service and medical practices should be opened at least one evening per week
for those people who are working and practices should be opened with an open surgery once a week to help people to stop wasting
the NHS time, while not attending
appointments. The public pay their National Insurance toward dental care and a lot of dentists are going private and something
should be done about this as they charge from £ 10 per month upwards to go private and there is very few NHS dentists around
with big waiting lists
need a few more police on the beat patrolling the streets to make them safer.
There should be more investment in recreation youth clubs and more done for the young
teenagers with more coaching in sport facilities.
should be done to protect the green-belt and park facilities with encroachment of developers. There should be more litter
bins throughout the city especially to help good dog owners.
WATER SHOULD BE KEPT IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
tax is a great deal of expenditure especially for people on low income senior citizen; and pensioners.
fully support the re-opening of railway lines in Southeast Scotland with the train link to
the airport with stations at Portobello, Abbeyhill, as this would be more beneficial than a tram link.
should be a southeast Scotland Passenger
Transport Authority to have integrated public transport system which would cover bus, train and ferry and bridges. They should
open the south suburban line with appropriate stations, with a rail link from Penicuik. To assist the congestion in Edinburgh they should look at the possibility of a ferry from Dunbar
to Anstruther. If introduced these measures would help the environment, tourism and employment.
has an excellent bus service but unfortunately due to the continuous reviewing of timetables this leaves to dissatisfaction
by people in areas where buses are removed like the 18, 11 and 31 in my area Mortonhall/Frogston
Road and other areas have similarly been effected by these
As an independent candidate I hope you will give me your support on May 3rd a very
important date for Scotland.
Scott, 21 Mortonhall Park View, Edinburgh EHl7 8SW. Tel: 0131 672 3247
Alex Scott, 21 Mortonhall Park
View, Edinburgh EH17 8SW. Tel: 0131 672 3247
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YOUR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ON
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TIME FOR A CHANGE
Independent candidates are responsible to their constituents, not like other partiy members who have to
account to the party whips when it comes to the vote. Some politicians are only seen a few weeks before the election date.
ALEXANDER SCOTT M.B.E.
YOUR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ON LOTHIAN REGION LIST
I have worked and represented blind and disabled people for the past 25 years and led the successful campaign over
12 years for the Scottish Blind
Travel Pass and hope to improve
this for disabled and pensioners. The problems and needs of our communities are well known to me.
Since losing my
sight in 1977 I have become a campaigner for the blind and disabled people, acting on various committees and projects. In
1988, I became increasingly concerned about the difficulties visually impaired people, and other groups of disabled and elderly
have to face with changes in transport facilities, especially the bus service. Since then I have been campaigning for a unified
concessionary travel scheme for Scotland
to include the above groups of people.
Obviously then the traffic problems of the Lothians concern me greatly. I believe
there are many practical things that can be done quickly, for example, to create and improve an integrated public transport
network. I cannot make promises that I could not keep but I offer my efforts, support and enthusiasm for improvements in health,
education, transport, the environment and the welfare of our people especially those in need of work. Also to get local authorities
to commit to people with disabilities by supporting factory based supported employment and by directing work to these businesses.
you for considering me. Please give me your vote on May 1st
Candidate – Alexander Scott, 21 Mortonhall
Park View, Edinburgh EHl7 8SW.
Tel: 0131 672 3247
VOTE NO TO TRANSPORT
THE FORMATION OF A PASSENGER TRANSPORT AUTHORITY FOR SOUTH EAST SCOTLAND IN CO-ORDINATION WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES
AND WITH BUS
AND RAIL OPERATORS. THE PUBLIC ARE UNHAPPY WITH ROUTES AND TIMETABLES
CHANGING AND PEOPLE IN EDINBURGH/LOTHIANS
ARE LOSING OUT ON CERTAIN ROUTES DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING.
THE FEASIBILITY OF OPENING THE FOLLOWING RAILWAY LINES:-
SUBURBAN LINE IN EDINBURGH
LINE TO PENICUIK
THE WAVERLEY LINE AND THE LINE TO BATHGATE/AIRDRIE ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION.
OF FERRY TERMINALS FROM BURNTISLAND TO GRANTON. ALSO THE FEASIBILITY OF FERRY TERMINAL DUNBAR/EAST COAST OF FIFE.
ABOVE MEASURES WOULD HELP TO TAKE THE TRAFFIC AWAY FROM EDINBURGH AND
SHOULD INTRODUCE MORE WASTEPAPER AND OTHER COLLECTIONS FOR GLASS AND/OR RECYCLING MATERIALS.
BE LONGER SENTENCES FOR VIOLENT CRIMES AND THERE SHOULD BE MORE POLICE ON THE BEAT.
THE WAITING LISTS
SHOULD BE CUT.
PROTECTION OF GREENBELT
OF THE GREENBELT & SPORTS FIELD FROM THE DEVELOPER.
PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR VOTE ON THE ABOVE ISSUES
YOUR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE
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ALEXANDER SCOTT M.B.E.
YOUR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ON
LOTHIAN REGION LIST
I have lived in the Lothians most of my life and for the last 30 years in Tranent. The problems and needs
of our communities are well known to me.
Since losing my sight in 1977 I have become a campaigner for blind and disabled people, acting on various
committees and projects.
In 1988, I became increasingly concerned about the difficulties visually impaired people, other groups
of disabled and the elderly had to face with
changes in transport facilities. Especially the bus service. Since then
been campaigning for a unified concessionary travel scheme for Scotland to
include the above groups. This campaign is endorsed by umbrella organisations respecting these groups of
Obviously then the traffic problems of the Lothians concern me greatly. I believe there are many practical
things that can be done quickly, for
example, the railway line through Penicuik should be an immediate priority.
Unlike the big parties I can make no promises I cannot keep but I offer my efforts, support and enthusiasm
for improvements in health, education and the welfare of our people especially those in need of work.
Thank you for considering me. Please give me your vote on May 6th.
Candidate - Alexander Scott, 21 Mortonhall Park View, Edinburgh EH17 8SW 0131
Agent – Publisher Alexander Scott, 21 Mortonhall
Park view, Edinburgh, EH17 8SW 0131 672 3247
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Assembly Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BQ
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