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Service Change – 29 JulyLothian announces service improvements

From Sunday 29 July, a number of changes will be introduced to our network in line with the re-opening of Leith Street and to combat the effect increasing congestion and slowing road speeds across the city continues to have on its services and reliability.

Our Airport Services will be boosted with the launch of the new Service 400, connecting Edinburgh Airport with Fort Kinnaird via Oxgangs, Colinton and the Gyle, introducing vital links for customers from the south east and south west of the city directly to the airport. Service 300 will also be rerouted to now serve Cameron Toll, linking air travellers with hotels and guest houses in the Southside of the city.

We will also enhance our student offering with the introduction of the new Service 35 between Ocean Terminal and Riccarton Campus, complimenting services 25 and 34 and increasing the number of buses serving the Napier University Campus at Sighthill and Heriot Watt University at Riccarton Campus.

As part of the regeneration of South East Edinburgh and the ongoing retail development and expansion at Fort Kinnaird, the company is improving  Service 30 with enhanced frequency on evening journeys and Saturday daytime journeys creating additional transport opportunities for customers to and from the retail park.

After it’s withdrawal some nine years ago, we will also re-introduce the historic Service 29 link to Silverknowes Promenade following requests from local businesses and significant investment by City of Edinburgh Council into the redevelopment of this stunning area.

Nigel Serafini, Commercial Director, said:

Ahead of the reopening of Leith Street and with congestion in the city continuing to cause daily challenges, our commercial team have taken the opportunity to review our network, building on the changes introduced in February this year. These improvements incorporate feedback from our customers, local community councils and stakeholders and have been made to benefit our customers and the communities we serve.

As Edinburgh Airport continues to expand and customer demand on our Airport Services continues to grow, it is important that Lothian recognise this and support the necessity for direct, reliable, value for money services to various key locations in Edinburgh. The introduction of our new Skylink 400 service and the route alteration to our Skylink 300 service will boost our existing Airport offering and better connect residents and visitors with our city.

Services returning to Leith Street are 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 19, 22, 25, 34, 45, 49, NightBuses N7, N11, N16, N22, N25, N26, N34 and N44 from 0500 on 28 July.

Main changes include:

Service 18 / 400

This service will be re-numbered from 18 to 400 and will extend from Gyle Centre via RBS Gogarburn and Ingliston P&R to Edinburgh Airport.  Buses will omit RBS Gogarburn on Saturdays & Sundays.  Revised timetable introduced with earlier morning journeys at weekends and later evening journeys on all days of the week.

Service 19

Revised timetable.  Monday to Friday daytime frequency increased from every 20-mins to every 15-minutes.  Sunday service will now be operated by double deck vehicles to increase capacity.

Service 21

Revised Monday to Friday afternoon peak timetable, with minor changes to the morning peak timetable.

Services 22

Revised timetable with minor frequency reductions on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and in the early evenings on all days of the week.

Service 29

Route extended to and from Silverknowes Promenade with some minor timetable changes as a result.

Service 30

Revised timetable: the Saturday daytime frequency increased from every 12-mins to every 10-mins.  The evening service is increased from every 20-mins to every 15-mins on all days of the week.  The Monday to Friday morning journeys which currently commences from Whitecraig will now commence from Musselburgh Grammar School.

Service 31

Revised timetable introduced with an improved peak frequency on Mondays to Fridays to and from Bonnyrigg in order to increase capacity.  A new later evening journey will be introduced to and from Polton Mill on Mondays to Saturdays.

Service X31

Revised timetable with additional time added to morning journeys in order to improve reliability.  New earlier morning journey from Rosewell and later evening journey to Rosewell introduced after requests from the local Community Council.

Service 34

Revised timetable introduced with Monday to Friday daytime frequency reduced from every 12-mins to every 15-mins.

Service 35

NEW service between Ocean Terminal and Riccarton, covering the current route of Skylink 300 from Ocean Terminal to Sighthill Colleges (omitting Asda Chesser), then extending via Hermiston P&R to Riccarton Campus.  The daytime frequency will be every 15-mins Mon – Sat and every 30-mins in the evening and on Sundays.

 Services 36

Service extended on Mondays to Saturdays to operate slightly later into the evening.  On Sundays, the service will commence earlier in the morning and operate later into the evening.

Service 37

Additional morning peak journey introduced from Roslin to Silverknowes to increase capacity.

Service 43

Route extended from Sommerville Gardens to the new terminus at Scotstoun.  Revised timetable introduced on Sundays, with all journeys now operating via Ferrymuir Retail Park.

Service X44

Additional Monday to Friday afternoon peak journey introduced from Haymarket to Tranent to provide additional capacity.

Service 47

Additional afternoon peak journey introduced from Granton to Penicuik to increase capacity.

Service 200

Revised route with buses now serving Ingliston P&R.  Minor timetable changes as a result.

Service 300

Revised route & timetable introduced.  At South Gyle, the route will now operate via Edinburgh Park then direct via South Gyle Broadway, no longer serving South Gyle Crescent.  At Chesser Avenue, the route will now omit Asda/Corn Exchange to reduce journey times and improve reliability.  From Forrest Road, the route will extend to Cameron Toll (Lady Road), operating via Nicolson Square then direct via South Clerk Street and Minto Street.  The daytime frequency on Mondays to Fridays will be reduced to every 20-mins with the Saturday, Sunday and evening frequency maintained at every 30-mins.

Service 63

Route extended from Sommerville Gardens to the new terminus at Scotstoun.  No change to timetable.

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Driver of the Year 2018and the winners are......

Well done to everyone who took part in our Driver of the Year 2018 competition at the Royal Highland Centre last week.

From our fantastic 16 finalists, we are delighted to announce the overall winner was Scott Crosbie from our Longstone Garage, closely followed by Stevie McLeod from Marine Garage in second place and last years winner, Adam Stitt from Central Garage in third place.

Congratulations also goes to William Blakey who was crowned Top Driver for East Coast Buses and Gordon Cuthill who was Edinburgh Bus Tours top Driver.

The Best Garage title was awarded to our Central Garage for their teams combined overall scores.

The top five drivers on from the competition will go on to represent Lothian at the UK Bus Driver of the year competition this September in Blackpool. These drivers are:

Scott Crosbie – Longstone
Stevie McLeod – Marine
Adam Stitt  – Central
David Millar – Central
William Blakey – East Coast

A huge well done to all the winners and finalists.

We look forward to seeing what September holds!

Truckfest ScotlandLet us get you there

Truckfest is back at the Royal Highland Centre on 4 & 5 August and we’ll be running our Special Service 98 to get you there in BIG vehicle style.

Highlights this year include special guests from the world of trucking reality shows Ice Road Truckers and Outback Truckers, Todd Dewey (USA) and Steve Graham (Australia), stunt bikes, monster trucks, fire trucks and an amazing £300,000 Marvel truck.

There will also be live music, a family fun fair and motorbike stunts.

It’s a fanstastic funfilled day for everyone.

Our Special Service 98 buses will run regularly from on Saturday and Sunday, from St Andrew Square (North Side stop YD) to Shandwick Place (stop SD) and Haymarket Station (stop HH) and all service 31 stops on route. Return tickets are £6 per adult and £3 per child*.

Look out for our Truckfest Ticket Competition on Twitter and Facebook later this week.

*Ridacards, DayTickets, Citysmart & Child City Single tickets are not valid on this service. Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free. Eligible Young Scot card holders receive a discount on adult single fares.

Truckfest timetable.

A new look for our driversLook out for our team in their new uniforms

Following an 18 month project, we are launching a brand new, fit for purpose uniform for our drivers. The new uniforms will give each driver a bespoke, quality, comfortable and durable uniform with a variety of pieces to suit everyones needs.

Sarah Boyd, Operations Director, Lothian said:

Here at Lothian we view ourselves as a retail organisation and strive to ensure our customers’ expectations are not only met, but exceeded. Investment in our people is important to us and helps to ensure we continue to provide a fantastic customer experience. Our team of over 1900 drivers wear their uniforms with pride every day and we know that the introduction of this new and improved uniform will ensure that they feel comfortable carrying out their duties and representing our business to our 2.3 million customers every week.

The uniform was designed by Murray Uniforms based in Coventry following a successful procurement process. The new design is hard wearing and has been designed with comfort in mind. The traditional shirt, tie and trousers have been given a modern twist, while still relecting the Company’s heritage and the skirt designed has been updated for the company’s growing number of female drivers.

The uniform also includes an all-weather, full waterproof and windproof jacket, as new-style blazer which have been designed to allow greater movement when sitting behind the wheel and new knitwear.

Ken Denny, Client Relationship Manager, Murray Uniforms added:

Our approach to designing a modern and fresh new uniform for Lothian has been a process of collaboration between both businesses and drivers to engineer a uniform that stood for customer respect whilst being fit for purpose. We know that what a person wears to work impacts how they feel and, as a result, how productive they are.  Lothian selected Murray Uniforms to develop a solution that improved their driver experience. The uniform design, development and manufacture over 18 months resulted in an improved quality, better fitting uniform that not only represented Lothian, but also the region in which they operate – including a handy ticket pocket to make the day to day operations that little bit easier.

The new look was unveiled to staff and their families last week at a Catwalk show at our Longstone Garage. Twenty-five models who are all our of our driving team, volunteered to take part in the show and be the first to wear the new uniforms. These will be rolled out to staff next month.

 

 

 

 

Driver of the Year Competition 2018Our finalists are ready to be put through their paces this Thursday.

This Thursday we are hosting the final of our annual Driver of the Year Competition.

Set up to recognise our drivers and their fantastic driving skills, the final will take place at the Royal Highland Centre.

Hundreds of our drivers entered the competition this year and over the last few months, they have been put through a series of written and road tests.

Sixteen finalists from across the Lothian family, which includes Edinburgh Bus Tours and East Coast Buses, have been chosen to attend this year’s final.

These drivers will be put through various obstacles and challenges on the day including a chicane test, blind speed test, a ramp exercise and a 20 minute road drive with the final five drivers going on to represent the company at the UK Bus Driver of the Year finals in Blackpool this September.

This year finalists are:

Central Garage
Davie Millar
Adam Stitt
Paul Starr
Scott Grant

Longstone Garage
Scott Crosbie
Jamie Smart
Graham Anderson
Gary Arnold

Marine Garage
Sam Flynn
Neil Sinclair
Steven McLeod
David Ayres

East Coast Buses
William Blakey
Damien Karczewski

Edinburgh Bus Tours
Gordon Cuthill
Sukhvir Singh

 

Good Luck to everyone!

New bus services for West LothianLothian Country announce new bus routes

Next month, Lothian Country, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lothian, will be expanding its services into West Lothian, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.

From Sunday 19 August three new routes will be introduced complementing the current network, creating new links between Edinburgh and Bathgate, and Edinburgh Park Station and Whitburn, seven days a week.

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian, said:

We are excited to announce our wider plans for operations in West Lothian as part of Lothian Country.  For a number of years we have received repeated requests to introduce a service to this area and we are delighted that we can today announce our plans. We look forward to releasing further more detailed information in the coming weeks.

The introduction of these new services will create over 65 new jobs. Lothian Country will be holding recruitment days at the Mercure Livingston on 11, 17, 18 and 19 July.  To book an appointment please email to recruitment@lothianbuses.co.uk

Executive councillor for development and transport, Cathy Muldoon, said:

We are delighted that Lothian are extending their services into West Lothian and we welcome the improvements this will bring to the public transport network that connects our communities.  I believe that this will be warmly welcomed by local residents and West Lothian Council is looking forward to building a strong partnership with Lothian going forward to further improve services for local people.

A bespoke fleet of double deck vehicles in Lothian Country’s distinctive green and cream fitted with USB charging points and Wi-Fi will operate on these services, offering customers high levels of comfort and quality on their journeys.

Customers will also be able to benefit from a range of ticketing options giving extended travel across the whole Lothian network.

To find out more, visit www.lothiancountry.co.uk to register your details on the Early Access List to be first to know more details on services and ticketing.

 

 

 

We’re helping Edinburgh Charities make the most of this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe

We’re delighted to be working with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society again this year on the Fringe Days Out initiative, to help local people who have never experience the Fringe see some of the fantastic shows on offer and get there on our bus services.

Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director for Lothian, said:

We are delighted to be partnering Edinburgh Festival Fringe to support Fringe Days Out again this year. Lothian is proud to be a part of the community and this joint project allows families to enjoy all the festivities of the Fringe with free travel to and from festival venues.”

The Fringe Days Out initiative continues the strong partnership between the Fringe Society and Lothian, which began in 2014. This summer will also see four Fringe-branded buses making their way around Edinburgh, as well as Fringe venues being added to the Lothian bus and tram app – all helping make the Fringe as accessible as possible to Edinburgh residents and Fringe visitors alike.

Twenty nine Edinburgh charities and community groups will benfit from in the initiative this year, including Stepping Stones North Edinburgh, Dads Rock, LGBT Youth Scotland, Lothian Autistic Society and Young Scot.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:

We are thrilled to announce that the Fringe Days Out scheme will continue in 2018. Removing barriers to attending the Fringe is one of the Fringe Society’s key priorities and this initiative is a crucial step towards achieving that goal. Fringe Days Out provide an opportunity for communities across Edinburgh to connect with the festival, enabling families and individuals to experience all that the Fringe has to offer at no cost to themselves.

In 2017, an estimated 1,800 people benefitted from Fringe Days Out, with many experiencing the Fringe for the first time. I look forward to working with Lothian and the 29 fantastic charities from across the city to enable more people to engage with the festival and encourage the next generation of Fringe performers and audiences.

Kirsten Law, Youth Development Worker at Citadel Youth Centre in Leith, said:

The Fringe Days Out scheme has made a positive difference to so many of the families and children that we work with. Last year, none of the parents or children that received vouchers had attended the Fringe before, despite living in Edinburgh. The bus tickets also made it much easier for families to get around the city and were very gratefully received.

What’s on in JulyThis months guide to what’s happening in Edinburgh

This month our ‘what’s on guide’ is a music special with many big gigs taking place at venues across the City.  As there’s a few outdoor events on the list,  Let’s hope the sunshine is here to stay for a while.

Here’s our top five:

1 Rufus Wainwright – Royal Lyceum Theatre

Rufus Wainwright returns to Edinbrugh to play at the Royasl Lyceum Theatre on 2 and 3 July having released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach.

Royal Lyceum Theatre Buses: 1, 2, 10, 11, 15, 16, 22, 24, 30, 34, 36, 47, 300.

2 The Band – Edinburgh Playhouse

A must for all Take That fans, The Band comes to the Playhouse on 10 July for 5 nights.  The show tells the story of a group of friends, trying to meet their favourite boyband, includes the hits hose songs include Never Forget, Back for Good, A million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine & Rule the World.

Edinburgh Playhouse Buses: 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 26, 44, 49.

3  Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is back for its 41st year.  Running from 13-22 July, the Festival includes 13 fantastic shows and their Festival Carnival.

Festival Theatre Buses: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 45, 47, 49, 300.
Teviot Row Buses: 2, 41, 42, 47, 67.
George Square Speigal Tent Buses: 2, 41, 42, 47, 67.
Assembly Hall Buses: 6, 23, 27, 41, 42, 67.
Grassmarket Buses: 2.

4  Concerts at the Castle

Each summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue hosting some of the biggest names in music. This summer

Il Divo – Friday 13 July 2018
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Thursday 19 July 2018
Bananarama – Friday 20 July 2018
Del Amitri – Saturday 21 July 2018

Edinburgh Castle Buses: 23, 27, 41, 42, 67.

5 Average White Band – Festival Theatre

The average White band play at the Festival Theatre on 21 July. A late 70s favourite we now have something for everyone from the 70s up to the current date on our top 5 list.

Festival Theatre Buses: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 45, 47, 49, 300.

Catch the Bus Week 2018Why not hop on board this week

This week is Catch the Bus Week, a nationwide campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus.  It can reduce congestion and boost the local economy, plus it’s better for the environment and your pocket.

We’ll be taking part this week with competitions and giveways from across the Lothian family, East Coast Buses, Lothian Country, Edinburgh Bus Tours and of course Lothian services. We will also share with you what our customers and staff have to say about our buses and a bit more about the benefits of taking the bus.

We’re also extending our opening hours for our social media channels and customer services team to make it easier for you to contact us to get advice and information on our services.  From today, we’ll be around seven days a week.

If you don’t follow us yet, you can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get involved in our #catchthebusweek conversations and win some prizes.

If you haven’t travelled with us before or it’s been a while, why not hop onboard this week and see how easy and convenient it is.

Scotfest 6 & 7 JulyEverythin' is gonna be alright - if you get there by bus

Scotfest takes place on 6 and 7 July with some of everyone’s favourite guilty pleasures including Boyzone, Bewitched, East 17, Five, The Jacksons and 5 Star.

If you fancy a trip down memory lane, we’re running our Special Service 98 to the festival which takes place at the Ingliston Showground.

As the Festivals Official Transport Partner ‘No Matter What’ happens,  ‘Rain or Shine’, we’ll ‘Keep On Movin’ to get you from Edinburgh direct to the gates.

Buses will run every 5-10 minutes Friday and Saturday, From St Andrew Square (North Side stop YD), stopping at Shandwick Place (stop SD) and Haymarket Station (stop HH) followed by all service 31 stop on route.

We’re delighted to be able to be able to offer you our customers 25% off selected event tickets using the promotional code Bus25.

Return tickets are £6 per adult and £3 per child*.

Buy in advance using our app for great savings

Event Return 1 x Adult £6.00
Event Return 2 x Adults £11.00
Event Return 3 x Adults £16.50
Event Return 4 x Adults £22.00

Download the Scotfest Timetable here