Council-owned firm announces details of East Lothian network

 

east_coast_busesEast Coast Buses will launch on August 14

 

Lothian Buses has announced timetable and fare details of its new East Coast Buses subsidiary which will launch on August 14.

The new operation has been created to take on the Musselburgh and North Berwick depots of First Scotland East. A deal was secured in June for council-owned Lothian to take on operations from the two sites following First’s decision to pull out of East Lothian (PT135).

East Coast Buses will commence operations with two main services linking North Berwick with Musselburgh and Edinburgh and Dunbar with Haddington and Edinburgh.

Fares will be based on a simple and customer-friendly zonal system, mirroring that already in place at Lothian’s Lothian Country Buses operation.

In addition there will also be three day ticket options for passengers: CountyDay, offering unlimited travel for one day across the network with the exception of the city zone; CountryPLUS, offering unlimited travel on all East Coast services in all zones for £7.50; and Network Day, offering unlimited access to all Lothian day services, Airlink and Edinburgh Trams for £9.

Lothian also intends to commence a series of special events and roadshows to showcase the new East Coast network and fleet of buses in the run-up to the launch of services.

“These new routes will ensure that residents, workers and businesses across East Lothian will continue to enjoy reliable transport links that support their daily travel needs,” said Richard Hall, Lothian’s managing director.

Meanwhile, Iain Gray, the MSP for East Lothian and a long-time critic of First’s stewardship of the local bus network, welcomed the launch of the new subsidiary. “I think my constituents have every reason to look forward to enjoying a reliable, responsive, high quality service from East Coast Buses,” he said.

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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