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Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

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Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Planning to stay in town while husband attending course in Livingston. What is traffic like exiting the city in the morning? Would public transport for him be a better idea than taking the car?

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1. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Livingston is on the same side of Edinburgh as the big edge-of-town office park (Edinburgh Park/the Gyle) Traffic to the Gyle in the morning is pretty horrific, but once you get past it, it's not too bad. Livingston is a new town and therefore a bit spread out, but if your husband's course is anywhere near one of the railway stations, taking the train will be a much better way to get there because traffic is a non-issue. Taking a bus to Livingston from Edinburgh will not be any faster because it will get caught up in the Gyle traffic as well.

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2. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

His best option depends where in Livingston he is headed. Do you know the address?

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Edinburgh out to livingston is unlikely to be a real problem in the morning as there will be a greater weight of traffic coming into edinburgh rather than out. If you can you will be best on the calder road, Hermiston gate route out of the city as you will be pretty much out onto the M8 or the A71 both of which will have you in Livingston in no time.

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4. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Just make sure that wherever you are staying in town allows free car parking overnight- on street parking during the hours between 6.30pm and 8am are usually free unless in a designated "residents parking" bay.

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5. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Course is on the industial est at Dean

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6. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

If you have a car I'd use it. The nearest railway station to Deans Industrial Estate is Livingston North at Carmondean. You'd probably need a taxi from the station.

You could get a bus going to Bathgate and walk from the A8 but depending on your exact location could be a long walk.

I'd drive.

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7. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Livingston has two railway stations - Livingston South (on the Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Central via Shotts line) and Livingston North (on the Edinburgh Waverley - Helensburgh / Milngavie via Bathgate and Airdrie line). Livingston North is the better option, followed by a taxi, but in this case I think it might be easier to drive. Exiting the city in the morning is ok, but there may be some delays.

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8. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

3nations_family - the opposite is true, residents bays are restricted to permit holders during the day, in the evening and overnight anyone can use them.

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9. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

Definitely take a car rather than the train or bus. It will be much easier. The A71 ( go along Calder Road) signposted to Kilmarnock will be less busy than the M8. Even though most of the traffic will be coming into Edinburgh, there will be congestion getting onto the motorway. If you have the time, take a trip out to Livingston the day before so your husband is confident of the route.

The Centre at Livingston and the adjacent outlet centre at McArthur Glen would be good for a visit.

There will be lots of available parking at the Deans Industrial Estate.

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10. Re: Commuting out to Livingston from central Edinburgh

@ AlanBrown - that's interesting. I drive into Edinburgh a lot in the evenings and never park in Residents Only spaces. I thought I'd get a ticket. The signage isn't particularly clear