LOTHIAN Buses is to consider stepping in to take over the bus route between Edinburgh and South Queensferry after Stagecoach announced it was withdrawing the service.
Community leaders have warned that the No 40 - the only direct bus link from Queensferry to the city centre - is a “lifeline” service which many people relied on.
City transport convener Lesley Hinds said the council had held talks today with the bus company - which is owned by the council - to discuss the future of the route.
She said: “We’ve had a very constructive meeting today with Lothian Buses to discuss the potential ongoing provision of bus services to Queensferry and Dalmeny.
“As a council, we understand that these are very important routes and services and we appreciate how important it is for the residents of these areas to see the continuation of bus services.
“Lothian Buses have agreed to come back to the council within the next two to three weeks, once they have collected and analysed passenger loadings relevant to the routes to see if they can develop a commercially viable proposition.
“In the meantime, council officers will also explore potential bus priority measures that could be introduced to help improve journey times and make the services as reliable and efficient as possible.”