Changes to our services from 25 February

You spoke, we listened.

From Sunday 25 February, we will be making a number of changes to our services following feedback from customers, community councils and stakeholders.

Midlothian commuters in particular are set to benefit from quicker journeys as additional express buses are introduced to services X31, X33 and X37.

Other highlights include:

  • Service 18 to operate later evening journeys and more capacity at peak times following customer feedback.
  • Service 3 will be re-routed along Melville Road, avoiding traffic congestion on the A7 to reduce journey times.
  • Services 39 and 40 will be operated by EastCoastBuses as services 139 and 140 (Ridacards and Day Tickets will continue to be valid on these new services).
  • Service 21 will run with double-deckers to meet growing customer demand along the route (no change to timetable).
  • A new Monday to Friday journey will be introduced on service N31 meaning all our Nightbus services will operate 7 days a week.
  • Lothian Country 43/X43 is extend to Ferrymuir Retail Park at all times Monday to Saturday following requests from Queensferry Community Council and customers in new housing developments in the area.

A fare review will also see some of our fares increasing for the first time in two years. Adult single tickets will increase 10p to £1.70 and the Lothian Country 2 zone fare will increase to £2.70. Adult and Student Ridacards, which were last increased in 2015 will also see an increase. Fares for all Daytickets, Child singles and Child Ridacards will remain the same, as will Airport and Nightbus fares. Details of all revised fares can be found here.

Nigel Serafini Commercial Director at Lothian, said:

We are pleased to be able to offer further improvements to our network of services, building on the success of changes we made in 2017. Responding to customer feedback, our commercial team has adapted frequencies and capacity on several routes we operate to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service for our customers and the communities we serve.

With our operating costs continuing to rise due to a combination of ongoing congestion, increased staffing levels, wage inflation and our increased investment in people training and development, we will be making some changes to fares from the same date. We are also continuing to re-invest in low emission buses for the benefit of all our customers and our capital city, lessening the impact on the environment while continuing to develop and provide a comprehensive network of services across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

There will also be changes to our EastCoastBuses services and fares from the same date, full details can be found here.

Full service change details:

Service 3
Revised route & timetable. Buses will revert back to the pre-April 2017 route at Eskbank via Melville Road to avoid traffic queues on the A7.  This change is introduced after feedback from our regular customers.

Service 5
Monday to Friday daytime frequency will be reduced from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes. 

Service 10
Revised route at Western Harbour with buses now operating via Sandpiper Road due to the long term closure of Newhaven Place.  Minor timetable revisions including an additional later journey to and from Bonaly on Mondays to Saturdays, following feedback from Colinton Community Council. 

Service 15/X15
Minor timetable changes to the morning peak timetable to introduce an additional journey from Tollcross to Easter Bush to provide more capacity for the Vet School and Pentland Science Park after feedback from our customers. 

Service 18
Revised timetable introduced after feedback from regular customers.  These changes will address reliability issues and additional peak journeys will improve capacity.  A later evening journey introduced from the Gyle and the Fort on Mondays to Saturdays.  Earlier Sunday morning journey introduced to and from Fort Kinnaird.   

Service 19
Monday to Friday daytime frequency reduced from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes.  Peak enhancement will continue at busy times to and from Granton. 

Service 29
Revised timetable introduced with most Monday to Friday daytime journeys operating Silverknowes to Gorebridge.  As a result, the off-peak frequency reduces from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes.  On Sundays, a later evening service will operate to and from Gorebridge to match the Monday to Saturday timetable.  Minor changes to the Saturday timetable.  

Service X31
Revised timetable introduced with one additional journey introduced in both peaks to increase capacity after feedback from regular customers.

Service X33
Revised morning timetable with one additional journey introduced to increase capacity after feedback from regular customers.

Services 37/X37 & 47/X47
On Mondays to Fridays a revised early morning timetable is introduced to improve reliability.  During the morning peak, one 37 journey is converted to operate as X37 to provide additional capacity after feedback from regular customers.  Minor timetable changes on Saturdays & Sundays.

Service 39
WITHDRAWN and replaced by NEW ECB 139 on same route and timetable.

Service 40
WITHDRAWN and replaced by NEW ECB 140 on a revised route & timetable.

Service 42
Revised timetable to improve reliability.  Service extended to and from Craigleith later into the evening on Mondays to Saturdays, however, late evening journeys between the City Centre and Portobello are withdrawn due to low levels of customer demand.  Minor timetable changes on Sundays, but no change to the number of journeys operated.

Service 43/X43
Revised morning and afternoon peak timetable introduced on Mondays to Fridays with a slightly enhanced frequency in order to provide additional capacity after feedback from Queensferry Community Council and local councillors.  ALL Monday to Saturday journeys on the 43 & X43 will now operate through Ferrymuir Retail Park.  In the evenings, an additional journey from the City Centre at 2045 will maintain the 30 minute frequency for an extra hour.  The X43 stopping pattern is slightly amended with buses now observing all stops between Barnton and Clermiston Road North in both directions.  Minor changes to the Sunday timetable, but buses will not serve Ferrymuir Retail Park.

Service 69
Revised route and minor changes to timetable.  Buses will revert back to the pre-April 2017 route direct via Portobello Road.  Wakefield Avenue / Fillyside and Craigentinny Avenue will no longer be served due to very low levels of customer demand.

Service 300
Minor timetable changes to slightly reduce morning peak frequency between Fountainbridge and Ingliston P&R.  Earlier morning journey introduced from Ocean Terminal to Edinburgh Airport on Saturdays and Sundays.  Buses will now serve RBS Gogarburn during Saturday and Sunday daytime.

Service N31
Revised timetable with a NEW Monday to Friday morning journey introduced from the City Centre to Bonnyrigg at 0030.  Saturday & Sunday morning journeys will now be operated by single deck vehicles to better reflect levels of customer demand.

Service N44
Revised route and timetable introduced.  Buses will now operate between the City Centre and Balerno.  The route to Musselburgh, Wallyford and Tranent will now be covered by new ECB Service N113.

Services with minor timetable changes:
1, 12, X12, 15, X15, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, X25, 26, X29, 30, 33, 36, 44, X44, 47, X47 and 49.


Posted on: Wed, February 14, 2018 at 10:06
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