Traffic has been banned from travelling along Edinburgh's Princes Street.It seems that:
The city council first imposed a ban on eastbound vehicles back in 1996You could have fooled me. There was no ban on eastbound vehicles, only on those that weren't buses. Oddly, taxis were allowed to travel eastbound along Princes Street, except for the short stretch between Frederick and Hanover Streets, thus eliminating much of the advantage of using a taxi in the first place. So instead of picking up a taxi from outside a shop on Princes Street one drove to the nearby multi-storey car park at the much-hated St James Centre and added to the overall congestion.
I find this statement rather dubious:
The council claims a third of Edinburgh's vehicles are merely passing through and not contributing to the economy and therefore need to be re-routed.A third passing through! That is surely nonsense unless the council is referring solely to the city centre itself. I would guess that almost all of the vehicles "passing through" the centre are contributing to the overall city economy in some way.