What the fate of the Number 15 bus says about Lothian Buses – John McLellan

The effort that Lothian Buses has put into building up its Lothian Motorcoaches offshoot to take on commercial tour operators contrasts with changes to the core Number 15 service to Penicuik, with the withdrawal of weekend services well documented.

Thursday, 4th July 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 4th July 2019, 7:00 am
Lothian Buses' managing director, Richard Hall. Picture: Michael Gillen
Lothian Buses' managing director, Richard Hall. Picture: Michael Gillen

But as of July 14 it is also planning to truncate the route at the other end, stopping at Waterloo Place and no longer serving Lochend and the Findlays, including the newly-built flats on the site of the old Eastern General.

Connecting areas like the Findlays, with its high proportion of elderly residents, is what Lothian Buses is there to do, not getting embroiled in battles with tour operators or fighting a turf war with First Group in West Lothian.

I’ve written to the managing director, Richard Hall, to ask why this service cannot be reinstated.

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