Councillors dismiss bus sale speculation

Lothian buses on Princes Street. Picture; Justin Spittle
Lothian buses on Princes Street. Picture; Justin Spittle
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COUNCILLORS have come together to dismiss claims that the Capital’s bus service is under threat.

The move comes after representatives from union Unite suggested that Lothian Buses was at risk after the city council struck a new agreement with umbrella body Transport for Edinburgh (TfE).

TfE, which also oversees the city’s trams, was given a wider remit to “integrate” the transport system last week.

Union members claim the development would lead to Lothian Buses subsidising other services or being sold off.

But councillors with a transport brief have now released a joint statement to “set the record straight”.

The statement, signed by the respective transport spokesmen and women of each political party, said: “The report agreed at last Tuesday’s transport and environment committee was about the relationship between TfE and the council, not about the ownership or day-to-day running of Lothian Buses.”