Edinburgh is a magnificent city, the fastest growing city in Scotland, with population growth of 1% per year. People from all over the UK, and beyond, make a positive choice to come here to live and to work.
It is vital that those residents can walk, cycle and travel by public transport. So, over the last five years, Labour has worked hard to ensure that we are forward thinking in how people get around. We have significantly increased investment in public transport.
Edinburgh is the only city in the UK which has seen a decrease in car ownership along with increased use of buses, cycling and walking. This has happened because Labour has invested in active travel.
Labour has further pledged to continue with pavement resurfacing and will create a dedicated budget for walking to be used to install more pedestrian crossings, drop kerbs, pedestrian zones and increase pathways.
Labour also pledged, back in 2012, to increase spending on cycling - we increased spending on cycling to 10% of the transport budget, and we will maintain that 10% spend to complete the west to east link across the city centre, and to build segregated cycle lanes. We will also introduce a cycle hire scheme to enhance visitors and residents experience of Edinburgh.
Our award-winning Lothian Buses has upgraded its fleet with more accessible and less polluting vehicles, and passenger numbers are rising every year. Edinburgh Trams currently has one of the highest service satisfactions in the latest passenger survey. As Labour has always promised, and will always promise, we will keep Lothian Buses and Trams in public ownership.
Labour will continue to fight for a cleaner, safer Edinburgh to travel around in, with 20mph zones in the City Centre, residential and shopping areas, while 30mph and 40mph will be maintained on arterial routes.
We will also look to introduce a low emission zone in the city and monitor it to ensure there is no shift of pollution to other areas.