Our Heritage

While we are a company that always looks ahead, we’re also proud of our history. It’s amazing to think that our buses first appeared on the streets of Edinburgh back in 1919 and we’ll be celebrating our centenary throughout 2019.

So much has changed over this period – our name for a start. Some of you will remember Lothian Regional Transport from the 1970s, but you may not know that the business was launched as Edinburgh Corporation Transport in 1919 following the end of the Great War. Our photography archive captures some important moments in time. Not only do our buses look different today, Edinburgh’s been transformed too.

Our buses are an integral part of the city and have operated continuously since day one. Even World War II and the Suez Crisis in 1956 couldn’t halt them.

For generations of Edinburgh families and visitors, our distinctive bus fleet has become a welcome sight on the streets of the capital and it remains so today.