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Scots locals divided over hazard of busy Edinburgh crossing amid heaving Fringe crowds

SCOTS locals have been left divided over the hazards posed by a busy Edinburgh pedestrian crossing amid elevated footfall due to the Fringe crowds.

One social media consumer flagged up the potential dangers going through pedestrians on the crossing on the foot of the capital’s busy North Bridge.

The footage was posted on X by the consumer to spotlight the hazards of the crossing on the foot of North Bridge.

At this crossing, the site visitors lights allegedly stay pink for under ten seconds at a time, resulting in a slew of pedestrians attempting to barrel throughout the highway on the similar time.

This, together with the numerous autos attempting to squeeze by one of many busiest elements of the town centre will result in “somebody being hit” earlier than the top of the Fringe, the consumer claims.

A video posted by the consumer whereas they have been stopped on the crossing reveals a major variety of individuals making an attempt to cross the busy highway concurrently, as a bus turns off Princes Avenue onto North Bridge.

The bus turns whereas the pedestrians are solely midway throughout the highway, with the group having to cease abruptly on the site visitors island in the course of the highway to keep away from getting hit.

The consumer shared the video to social media final Friday.

The caption of the video reads: “If I used to be a betting individual, I’d guess all my financial savings on somebody being hit on the site visitors lights resulting in North Bridge earlier than the top of Edinburgh Fringe.

“The sequence of the lights and the petty 10-second period pedestrians are given for crossing is a catastrophe within the making”

The submit has since acquired dozens of likes and feedback from involved locals who echoed the purpose.

One consumer stated: “I can’t perceive why the size of time for pedestrians crossing isn’t lengthened throughout August.”

One other commented: “Pedestrians aren’t given proper of means right here and it’s so totally different in different nations. These buses have to gradual the hell down. I’ve nearly been hit by them.”

A 3rd added: “The UK is among the worst western nations in the case of pedestrian precedence over autos.”

Nevertheless, one other consumer reasoned: “To be honest, the pedestrians cross when the pedestrian gentle is clearly on pink (whatever the period) anyway.

“There’s some factor of non-public accountability required when crossing the highway. The buses nearly should push by them typically.”

One other agreed: “Or individuals might use their frequent sense and never stroll in entrance of site visitors.”

The elevated variety of pedestrians within the capital comes with the Edinburgh Fringe Competition, which attracts almost one million vacationers to the town every year.

Talking as we speak, the nameless consumer stated: “The scenario I attempted to boost is way too frequent.

“I see it each day, in all places round Edinburgh. However it’s notably unhealthy at that junction (which is among the busiest in Edinburgh).

“With the Fringe in full swing, the council ought to have realised that much more pedestrians could be utilizing that junction, and made needed adjustments.

“For the variety of pedestrians crossing that six-way junction, ten seconds inexperienced man is a humiliation for a metropolis that usually is hailed by its councillors as ‘the most effective European cities’.

“I feel the larger image is lack of imaginative and prescient and can from the council to protect such an iconic and historic a part of the town.

“Everybody is aware of how insane Edinburgh will get throughout August, why enable a lot site visitors into the very coronary heart of this historic icon?

“The council might restrict personal vehicular entry to this a part of the town at the least for this month, and that can enable for extra leisure on the period of time given to pedestrians to cross the roads in our metropolis safely.”