Timeline

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  • 1919

    Edinburgh Corporation Transport (ECT) is formed to operate the city’s tramways.

    ECT takes delivery of its first Leyland charabanc buses. Here is one of the first ones on tour duty around Holyrood Park.

    Edinburgh Corporation Transport (ECT) is formed to operate the city’s tramways.
  • 1922

    The first open-top, double-decker buses arrive at ECT.

    The first open-top, double-decker buses arrive at ECT.
  • 1926

    A new home

    Buses move into Central Depot on Annandale Street, a former Industrial Exhibition hall.

    A new home
  • 1928

    Getting the green light

    Edinburgh’s first traffic lights are installed at the York Place–Broughton Street junction.

    Getting the green light
  • 1929

    An assembly

    Central Depot is emptied of buses for the first assembly of the newly united Church of Scotland and United Free Church of Scotland. This is Marine Garage, but it gives an idea of the size of our depots.

    An assembly
  • 1945

    Continuous Service

    The Second World War ends in Europe. Throughout the war, Edinburgh's buses and trams were kept running by dedicated staff, including many female conductors.

    Continuous Service
  • 1952

    Arrival of the Titans

    ECT takes delivery of the first of more than 450 post-war Leyland Titan double-deckers. Here one of the buses that replaced the No. 1 tram service is seen picking up passengers on Princes St.

    Arrival of the Titans
  • 1954

    More new services

    The road beneath Slateford Road railway bridge is lowered to allow a new double-decker bus service from Eastfield to Juniper Green. Here we can see workers removing tram tracks in the same area.

    More new services
  • 1955

    Another base of operations

    Longstone depot opens. This new facility to the west of the city centre was built to accomodate a larger fleet needed as services on this side of the city increased.

    Another base of operations
  • 1956

    The Last Tram

    ECT trams cease to operate in Edinburgh. Seen here is the last tram passing Edinburgh Castle on Princes Street on its final journey.

    The Last Tram
  • 1957

    Goodbye Gorgie

    Gorgie depot closes. Pictured is the bus park where many buses serving West Edinburgh were stored.

    Goodbye Gorgie
  • 1962

    We do like to be beside the seaside

    Marine depot at Portobello opens. Pictured is Lord Provost Sir John Greig Dunbar. A large number of retired employees from the Portobello Tram Depot attended the opening.

    We do like to be beside the seaside
  • 1965

    600 Buses

    The first Leyland Atlantean rear engine, double-decker arrives. Almost 600 are delivered to ECT over the next 17 years.

    600 Buses
  • 1969

    Tollcross

    Tollcross depot closes.

    Tollcross
  • 1971

    Thinking in tens

    Decimalisation results in adult fares ranging from 2½p to 7½p depending on distance. Pictured here is a single fare ticket for the maximum distance.

    Thinking in tens
  • 1974

    Western changes

    Routes for services 70 and 73 are altered to run along the new West Approach Road.

    Western changes
  • 1975

    A new name

    Local government rejig causes ECT to change its name to Lothian Region Transport (LRT).

    A new name
  • 1976

    Goodbye Leith

    Leith depot closes.

    Goodbye Leith
  • 1982

    An Olympian service

    The first two Leyland Olympian double-deckers are delivered. Almost 300 are purchased over the next 11 years.

    An Olympian service
  • 1992

    Close to the action

    HMS Ark Royal visits Edinburgh and LRT provides transport for thousands of visitors keen to see this iconic aircraft carrier.

    Close to the action
  • 1993

    Last of the Leylands

    The last Leyland buses arrive at LRT.

    Last of the Leylands
  • 2000

    A new name

    LRT is renamed Lothian Buses.

    A new name
  • 2002

    A new tour with vintage buses

    Mac Tours business taken over by Lothian Buses bringing a Vintage City Tour into our offering.

    A new tour with vintage buses
  • 2004

    Real time bus information

    Alistair Darling unveils the first Bustracker sign at Ocean Terminal.

    Real time bus information
  • 2006

    A new arrival

    Ian Craig, current Managing Director, joins the company from Arriva Scotland West.

    A new arrival
  • 2009

    Step-free access to all buses

    Last day of traditional step entrance buses.

    Step-free access to all buses
  • 2010

    A cold winter

    Late 2010 saw some of the worst snow in Edinburgh for decades.

    A cold winter
  • 2011

    Hybrids are here

    Scotland's first hybrid diesel-electric double-decker buses enter service on route 10.

    Hybrids are here
  • 2012

    A magical year

    Magician Kevin McMahon makes a single-decker bus disappear to launch Edinburgh Magic Festival.

    A magical year
  • 2013

    A new brand for Lothian Buses

    Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams and Transport for Edinburgh launch a new brand across bus and tram services.

    A new brand for Lothian Buses