The worst winter weather and the cash cuts have severely affected the conditions of roads in Scotland this time. Scotland have had the worst winter this year in 30 years. The motoring groups and politicians have warned nearly fifth of carriageways in some areas are in urgent need of repair.
The state of 36 per cent of the routes was classed as either “urgent” or as deteriorating so fast that they will need to be repaired within the next two or three years.
There is another worry spreading as the major public spending cuts will further worsen the massive road repairs backlog, with an extra £45 million a year required just to stop the situation getting worse. Compensation claims from motorists for damage caused by potholes has also soared, putting further pressure on cash-strapped councils.
If the delay in patching up the potholes continues, the maintenance load will only increase and work will become costlier, more complex and more disruptive. Some experts have opinionated that the delay can affect the nation’s prosperity since Scotland’s road network is an essential utility in bringing tourists to the country.
With Edinburgh Fringe Festival nearing in the rail bosses have failed to add any new late-night special train service for the festival, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. With the festivals on, it was much talked about to add any new trains, but the service between, Edinburgh and Glasgow remains the same as it was four years before.
Despite the surge in the number of revellers it would have been a huge increase to the sale of tickets, still no new trains have been put on track for the festival. With no new trains joining in, the revellers have to leave Edinburgh Waverly at Midnight Sunday. The call for late night trains has been there for long, but still nothing has been done on it, which leaves people with no other option than sticking to the present rail service.
Though, it was known that, Scot rail will be providing a new late night service for the Fringe festival, to cater to the crowds by the Sea festival in North Berwick leaving the town at 11:55pm from August 10th to 15th. Hope the revellers will be satisfied with the present train services for the fringe festival.
News Source : The Scotsman