New West Loth­ian bus routes to Ed­in­burgh

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Com­munters will be able to take ad­van­tage of new bus ser­vices be­tween West Loth­ian and Ed­in­burgh from next month – and the move will be a boost for jobs.

Loth­ian Coun­try have an­nounced plans for a fur­ther ex­pan­sion of their ser­vices in West Loth­ian, cre­at­ing 65 new posts.

From Sun­day, Au­gust 19, three routes will be in­tro­duced cre­at­ing new links be­tween Ed­in­burgh and Bath­gate, seven days a week, and a link be­tween 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 more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion in the com­ing weeks.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of th­ese new ser­vices will cre­ate in ex­cess of 65 new jobs and Loth­ian Coun­try will be hold­ing re­cruit­ment days for those in­ter­ested at the Mer­cure Liv­ingston on July 17, 18 and 19.

Cathy Mul­doon, ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for devel­op­ment and trans­port at West Loth­ian Coun­cil, 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.”

Loth­ian’s Con­ser­va­tive MSP, Miles Briggs, said :“I have pre­vi­ously raised the pos­si­bil­ity of Loth­ian ex­tend­ing their op­er­a­tions to West Loth­ian and I am de­lighted to hear that they are do­ing this.

“I know from speak­ing to con­stituents in West Loth­ian that they will wel­come this new ser­vice which will bol­ster trans­port links in West Loth­ian. If the new routes are a suc­cess, there is no rea­son why ad­di­tional routes could not be added.”

Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for Loth­ian, said: “It is fan­tas­tic news that Loth­ian buses are mov­ing into West Loth­ian and I would en­cour­age them to de­velop their routes here.

“Un­like other op­er­a­tors this is a pub­licly-owned, pub­licly-ac­count­able com­pany that puts pas­sen­gers not share­hold­ers first.

“I hope they will now look at other routes that have been cut or aban­doned by other con­trac­tors.”

Fiona Hyl­sop, SNP MSP for Lin­lith­gow, said: “I wel­come the move from Loth­ian Buses who are recog­nised as one of the best bus com­pa­nies in the coun­try.

“This comes at a time when a num­ber of our ru­ral ser­vices are un­der threat by providers.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing more de­tails but this should help lo­cal peo­ple ac­cess jobs in Ed­in­burgh and is good news for the county.”

Cus­tomers us­ing the ser­vice can use a range of tick­et­ing op­tions giv­ing ex­tended travel across the whole Loth­ian net­work.

Cus­tomers are asked to pre-reg­is­ter on www. lothi­an­coun­try.co.uk

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