One Monday back, some dramatic clouds appeared over our offices at Arendal in Gothenburg. Unfortunately, I am not keen on extreme weather patterns and I had to catch a flight to Edinburgh that afternoon. As the song title from 1944 goes, we were “Coming in on a wing and a prayer” as we made through the turbulent skies arriving safely in Ediburgh.
In contrary to most airports today, that have commuter rail and taxi services on offer, Edinburgh offers air travelers a large selection of buses going to several directions. The Airlink 100 proved most convenient for me as I was heading to the city centre.
I’m used to jogging with my dog in the mornings, so I woke up early to have a short run around the well-known castle and old town of Ediburgh. It was a beautiful morning with clear blue skies.
I encountered an unusual sight, the new tram. The new catenaries are seen along Princess street, one of the main streets. The new tram was out for test runs and still empty, excluding a few technicians conducting some work.
Here, the buses are waiting for their turn to come into a traffic bottleneck in the center of the city.
The Volvo Hybrid bus arrives in front of the Sir Walter Scott monument, sorry for blocking the sight…
In many cities where public transportation has less competition, you will find adverts, for instance, for shampoo at the rear of the bus. In the UK, advertising space is reserved to promote the bus companies themselves.
We also came to the same conclusion for the Album conference and bus exhibiton, at the Murrayfield rugby stadium.
Rugby legend, Gavin Hastings, gave probably the most engaging presentation at the conference, speaking about leadership and good examples.
Next morning, I went on another jog and passed the Arthurs Seat …
… and, the beautiful flowers covering the hills.
Volvo Truck & Bus North and Scotland has put in place a new “Volvo Frontline support” service lead by Mark Gillfeather. In the new set-up, the service team is independent in the sense that each one decides on their own about diagnostics, advice, actions and billing. They have excellent coverage over the area from Teesside to Inverness.