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Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

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Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

There appear to be several former responses to this question. Currently, where in Edinburgh, with proximity to Waverley, do we catch a bus to Peebles without having to walk a great distance with luggage? -- Doug & Bonnie: mcdoug36@yahoo.com

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1. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

You need the First Bus route 62. Timetables at www.firstgroup.com. The nearest stop to Waverley is on North Bridge (the prominent bridge spanning the station). Details including plan indicating stop location from http://www.transportdirect.info or http://www.travelinescotland.com.

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2. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

p.s. the roadway at North Bridge is 20m or so above the railway lines. The most direct way to get there is to exit the station south onto Market Street, cross and go to the left about 30m to enter the (slightly hidden) circular stone staircase known as the Scotsman Steps. At the top, cross the North Bridge roadway to the bus stop. This is a pretty strenuous climb!

A better graded alternative would be to exit onto Waverley Bridge (the station approach; unless the direct exit onto Princes Street, closed for some months, has reopened in the last few days), turn right and at the junction right again onto Princes Street, cross North Bridge at the traffic lights (so that you are on the appropriate side of the road) turn right and cross the bridge proper to the stop.

A further alternative would be to go to the bus station at the north-east corner of St Andrews Square, the other side of Princes Street, where there are some facilities if you are going to be waiting a while.

None of these routes is exactly easy if you have heavy luggage, I'm afraid.

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3. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

The Waverley steps have just re-opened and are your best bet. Covered escalator all the way from the station up to the E end of Princes Street.

local.stv.tv/edinburgh/…

The 62 leaves from the Bus Station in St Andrews square and stops at some but not all bus stops on its way south up the bridges. You need to check. You'll manage that easily if you have wheelie suitcases.

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4. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

That's good news, DG, and every bus passenger in Edinburgh will be celebrating as the station owners were in possession of a permit to block Princes Street until May. Now all we have to wait for is the tram works to finish, and perhaps we will be able to move around town again.

The location of bus stops in the centre has altered yet again since I wrote that note, so it makes sense to continue to recommend walking to the stop on North Bridge. The new escalator will make that much easier.

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5. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

SO: up the escalator, turn Right past the Balmoral, right again at the traffic lights, and you're on North Bridge. There are two stops on the left, buses stop at one or the other. Look for your number! Or ask friendly passing natives. The bus stops usually list each company one below the other, Lothian buses at the top.

PS take a few seconds at the lights. To your North is a rather nice old building: Register House where once upon a day we gathered all births marriages deaths etc. Outside which is a statue of the Duke of Wellington, Britain's saviour in 1815, a prime minister and a jolly important Victorian chap. Hence the local nickname: Kicking Horse Pass. You'll see why when you get there.

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6. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

The Scotsman Steps are a bit too direttisimo especially with suitcases. So exit via the new escalator rather than via Market Street.

The Scotsman Newspaper was once located at the top of the steps. It's now located near the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Cowgate, the better to hear urgent news. Known in Edinburgh affectionately(?) as the Hootsmon.

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7. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

Are you about to ask questions about Peebles? I'm girding my loins.

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8. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

I spoke too soon, regarding removal of the Waverley Steps roadblock.

Although the steps themselves have reopened, half as wide, but fitted with shiny escalators, they are continuing to work on the site, putting in lifts alongside the escalators. And continuing to block Princes Street. Until May, it seems. Looked through the gates today, and they are doing absolutely nothing with the roadway they have taken over.

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OK. The situation reported in the 'Edinburgh Evening News' tonight is: they're finished the escalators but hadn't properly sealed the roof. Heavy rains caused leaks, so for safety the escalator is closed until the roof is sorted. Sigh. I doubt that'll take all that long. They're waiting for dry weather so it'll take as long as the rain plus a bit. When are you visiting?

And indeed they are working on a lift. Once upon a time there was one going direct from the station concourse into the Balmoral Hotel. It may still be there, nothing to do with the steps project. Don't know.

Meantime there are lots of roadworks immediately W. of the escalators, lots of hoarding by the roadside. From buses on Princes Street, it looks as chaotic as before, despite the fact that a few buses are now stopping there, whereas none were before. Nonetheless the escalators are finished and I've seen people emerging (but not in the last 24 hours).

Watch this space but don't hold your breath.

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10. Re: Bus site in Edinburgh to go to Peebles

The notices on the fencing around the works say that the lifts will be finished "Spring 2012"; the recent city council briefing I found said the existing permit was valid into May. With a single lane for traffic approaching the bus stops above the Waverley shopping centre, and a further light-controlled constriction for the tram works at South St Andrew Street preventing loaded buses from moving off, a long queue (made up mostly of buses) extends back toward Waterloo Place. The limited opportunities to get round the corner from North Bridge means that a further queue of buses forms there. During working hours, it takes 5-10 minutes just to travel from the last stop on North Bridge to the one at the Steps. Has anyone calculated the economic losses? With hundreds of people sat on those queuing buses, the lost person-hours alone must amount to a goodly fortune, never mind the money they aren't spending in the Princes Street shops.

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