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A Penny for your Trambles

I was recommended to start including a penny piece in photos of botched tramworks / road surfaces to give an indication of size and depths of things.

 

Here are 9 photos I felt compelled today as I walked Princes Street. Note these 9 were mainly taken on two small sections where there are no cars, buses or taxis yet (so have never had anything run on them to cause damage) and that all the other surfaces have only been open to traffic for one week.

 

This part of the road surface is formed of giant concrete slabs, with gaps (some large than other) between each, width of the lane. This is one of the large gaps, at least a penny deep, 2 pennies long and width of the entire lane. Great for delivering you a pinch flat.

 

This is therefore a fairly frank reflection of some of the appalling quality of the finish applied yet again (this is the third attempt to get it right) to the Princes Street tramworks. Do they honestly think this surface, not properly finished, aligned or sealed, is going to stand up to the punishment of 2 years of buses rumbling constantly over it?

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Taken on July 8, 2012