- 1. Politicians & political parties
Edinburgh Liberal Democrats
Mike Pringle MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh South
Edinburgh South SNP
Chris Harvie MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife Region
Gavin Brown MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians Region
Struan Stevenson MEP, Member of the European Parliament (Scotland)
Scottish Green Party
Robin Harper MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians Region
Edinburgh East Constituency Labour Party
Edinburgh South Constituency Labour Party
Gavin Strang MP, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh East
Nigel Griffiths MP, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South
Mark Lazarowicz MP, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith
David Martin MEP, Member of the European Parliament (Scotland)
2. Community groups
Craigmillar Community Council
Grange Prestonfield Community Council
Merchiston Community Council
Morningside Community Council
Portobello Community Council
Southside Community Council
Canongate Community Forum
3. Education sector:
George Watson's College
Queen Margaret University
4. Business groups:
Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)
The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh's civic trust
Friends of the Earth Edinburgh, the local group of FoE Scotland
Transform Scotland, the national campaign for sustainable transport
Messages of support
Sarah Boyack MSP (Labour), Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central
"Returning local passenger services to Edinburgh's South Suburban railway makes a lot of sense in a city whose roads are increasingly congested. It's achievable - and, since the infrastructure is already largely in place, at relatively little cost. 45 years is too long for the city to have been deprived of the journey opportunities offered by the South Sub. It would complement the development of trams and the redevelopment of Waverley and Haymarket Stations."
Gareth Edwards, Principal, George Watson's College:
"As Principal of George Watson's College, I am keen to support this petition. The School is striving to play its part in reducing traffic congestion and has recently completed a School Travel Plan which has a prime focus on encouraging the use of public transport. The Edinburgh South Suburban Railway, with a station at Craiglockhart, would allow many pupils and staff to travel to the School without reliance on the car or road-based public transport."
Jean Thompson of Morningside Community Council:
"Residents of Morningside, together I am sure with others all over Edinburgh and beyond, are eagerly awaiting the re-introduction of the South Sub."
- David Walker, Secretary of Craigmillar Community Council:
"We welcome the proposals to site a station in the Craigmillar area. Niddrie Mains Road is one of the most congested streets in the City and the reopening of the South Suburban railway line would, I am sure, go some way to reducing the amount of traffic passing through our area."
Professor Anthony Cohen, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University:
"On behalf of Queen Margaret University, I welcome the opportunity to support the redevelopment of the South Suburban line, which would obviously be of benefit to the staff and students in their efforts to make sustainable travel choices. It is our aim to develop a green QMU community in keeping with our new campus at Musselburgh, which has been awarded accolades for its environmentally sensitive design, and we are keen to encourage a diversity of alternative travel options to serve the campus. With over 5,000 students and nearly 600 staff at the new campus, I am keen that the transport needs of Queen Margaret University should be taken into consideration in the decision making process, and therefore offer our strong support in favour of the proposal.
Mike Pringle MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh South:
"I am in full support of a return for the South Suburban Railway. It represents a real opportunity for Edinburgh to continue improving its public transport network and would provide a valuable service to my constituents. Green mass transit solutions like this are exactly what we need to ease Edinburgh's congestion problems, it's no surprise to me that this campaign is rapidly gathering momentum as more and more local people back the plans.