Bus survey prompts network review

Following his recent petition about extending the Lothian Buses 25 route from Riccarton campus to Balerno, Tom Inglis met with First Buses in Livingston, who wanted to find out if a bus service from St. John’s Hospital via Livingston Centre to Balerno, Currie and beyond makes business sense.

First Buses asked Tom to run a survey of local residents to help gather the information that they need in order to make their assessment. Tom collected over 500 responses to his survey over the summer, and has passed an anonymised version of the results on to First Buses for analysis.

It showed that St. John’s Hospital, Livingston Centre, Balerno, Currie, Hermiston Park & Ride, South Gyle, and Edinburgh Park were the most popular stops on the potential route, and included lots of useful comments from the community.

First Buses has confirmed that they are now putting the route through their network review process, to determine if it is commercially viable. Once they have done this, Tom will be in touch in the next Focus to let you know the result.

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