Update on bus service “cuts”

Thanks to a poster on the Scotsman website, I have a list of proposed changes to bus routes and times.

Here is the list of proposed changes:

Service 10 Currently Torphin-Newhaven Becomes Torphin-St Andrew Square
Service 12 Currently Gogarburn – The Jewel Becomes Gogarburn – St Andrew SquareSection between The Jewel and Foot of the Walk covered largely by Service 49 and section between King’s Road and Foot of Leith Walk replaced by new Service 40.
Service 16 Currently Colinton-Silverknowes Becomes Colinton-Silverknowes but diverted via Henderson St to replace service 22
Service 21 Currently Gyle – Duke Street Becomes Gyle – Restalrig
Service 22 Currently Gyle – Ocean TerminalBecomes Gyle-Leith Street at reduced frequencyReplaced between Ocean Terminal and Foot of Leith Walk by diversion of Services 16 and 35 via Commercial Street, Shore and Henderson Street
Service 25 Currently Riccarton – RestalrigBecomes Riccarton – Leith StreetSection between Restalrig and Foot of  Leith Walk replaced by Service 21, terminating at Restalrig
Service 32 Currently Clovenstone -RIE Becomes Clovenstone – Kings RoadReplaced between King’s Road and RIE by new service 40.
Service 35 Currently Sighthill-Ocean Terminal Becomes Sighthill -Ocean Terminal, but diverted via Henderson Street, Shore and Commercial Street to replace Service 22
Service 40 New service, Ocean Terminal – RIE, to replace Service 22 on Shore, service 12 via between (sic) Foot of Leith Walk and The Jewel and service 32 between Kings Road and RIE
Service 100 Currently Airport – WaverlyFrequency reduced to every 15 mins

A lot of these seem quite common sense, and will give more choice to many people. On the whole, it seems mostly route changes, and routes replacing others and new routes and services. The only one I don’t understand is the number 10.

Lothian Buses change routes and frequencies all the time. According to Lothian Buses, these are currently the proposed changes, but things may change and in any case it would be reviewed continually as soon as the trams come in and they can see what is what.

But this is hardly the wholesale slaughter of our buses! Quite the opposite – some people are getting buses where they had none before.

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