Lothian Buses must learn from resident feedback

7 Aug 2023

The local Liberal Democrats have said Lothian Buses must learn lessons after a series of major local backlashes from people in Clermiston, Parkgrove, East Craigs and South Gyle over various bus service changes.

Local Lib Dem councillor, Robert Aldridge said, “The 41 was an important and popular service for people in Clermiston, Parkgrove and East Craigs. First moving it off Queensferry Road, then replacing it with a 47 on a different route caused a lot of concern. It removed a key link to the centre of Princes Street and over the Mound.

"Then there are the problems with the 12. The timetable has been continually reduced, and the route has been moved off the Broadway, leading to many folk feeling isolated. It removed a key link to the city centre for many. Add to that reports that the service is becoming increasingly unreliable - with reports of pensioners being left in the rain for up to an hour waiting for a bus that never arrives. 

"Finally, there is the continuing unreliability of the 31, which is due to take in the new West Craigs development next year.

“It is not acceptable that, as a council owned company, Lothian did all of this without any discussion with local councillors. We need to change the system so this can’t happen again in future.”

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