Open for business

Edinburgh’s Princes Street reopened yesterday – a couple of hours late thanks to torrential overnight rain – ready for the Christmas shopping rush.

A few months ago the Edinburgh Evening News asked if Princes Street was heading down to the road to ruin due to the tram works driving people away.

Personally I don’t think that the tram works are solely to blame (although they haven’t exactly helped). Legions of charity muggers, gouranga monks, aggressive big issue sellers, beggars and cheap tourist tat shops blaring out intolerable bagpipe noise have done more to make Princes Street an unpleasant place to visit than the never-ending fences, noise, dust and reek of tar caused by the relocation of utility pipes and laying of tracks.

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