Lothian buses in north of Edinburgh diverted again due to antisocial behaviour

Buses in the north of Edinburgh were diverted once again on Sunday evening as a result of more antisocial behaviour.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 5:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:11 pm

The 24, 27, 37 and 200 services were redirected away from the Pennywell Road area for about two hours, the official Lothian Buses Twitter account confirmed. The same services were affected for the same reasons six days ago.

Between about 5pm and 7pm on Sunday, the number 37 buses were unable to serve Pennywell Road, Pennywell Gardens and Muirhouse Parkway and were instead diverted via Ferry Road and Silverknowes Road in both directions. The 27 was unable to serve Pennywell Road and Muirhouse Parkway.

The 24 and 200 services were unable to serve Pennywell Road and West Granton Road and were also been diverted via Ferry Road and West Granton Access in both directions.

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In mid March, all Edinburgh evening bus services were suspended following months of antisocial behaviour on or around buses in the city.

Days before this, eight buses serving the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary were targeted by vandals throwing large stones.

In some cases, bus drivers have been injured because of these attacks.

Lothian has said previously that it will not hesitate to pull services from areas where the safety of bus drivers and passengers is being put at risk.

Lothian Bus services to Pennywell Road have been diverted again.

Police have stepped up patrols and have been working with Lothian to engage with young people, parents and community groups to try and combat the antisocial behaviour.

As of last Wednesday, chief inspector Sarah Taylor said officers have now charged 30 people in relation to such incidents.

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