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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian

Transport

Buses have been the only means of public transport throughout this period. In the 1940s and 1950s, services were quite frequent, with several buses to Edinburgh daily. By the 1970s and 1980s however, buses had become quite infrequent and were little used. With deregulation of bus services in the 1990s, private bus companies have moved in to compete with publicly supported services: buses have become more frequent, but are still not much used. The nearest railway stations are at Longniddry and Wallyford. The council provide transport for secondary school children to Ross High School, Tranent.

There are no other privately run-transport services, although there is some sharing of cars by commuters on an informal basis. Parents often share transport arrangements for children attending schools in Haddington or Edinburgh.

As public transport services have declined throughout this period, and private car ownership has continued to grow, people have become increasingly dependant on private cars for getting about. Those moving into the parish over the last 20 years or more have been aware of this, and many families have two or sometimes more cars. The very few who do not have their own private cars are mainly long-established and often elderly residents who often get help from family or neighbours with shopping and so on. There is little evidence, as yet, that the recently increased frequency of buses has had much effect on people's travelling habits. With the increase in private cars, there are more parked cars on the street, and a need for off-street parking spaces within properties. More people commute by car to work outside the parish, mostly, but not always, to Edinburgh. The increase in commuters from Gifford has led to an increase in through traffic in East Saltoun, which is a cause of concern to residents, especially those with children attending the school on the main road.

Lack of road maintenance increasingly blights rural areas. Roads were in much better condition during the depths of the war than they are today. There are many (unavailing) complaints to the council.

Air pollution has probably increased with the rising number of vehicles, but as this is still a relatively sparsely populated area, this is not a serious problem.

The parish has a number of rights of way. Few of them are marked, and some are overgrown, especially in summer. Although not specifically barred, the general public are not encouraged by landowners to walk these paths. An exception is Saltoun Big Wood, where paths have recently been upgraded with improved signing.

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