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Fabulous February

January seemed to last forever what with FIVE Mondays and TWO full moons.

Thankfully, the shortest month is finally here and it’s going to be great!  Here’s why:

  • From 1st February, to celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will be lowering drawbridges and opening gates to young people at historic sites across the country for the low price of £1 when presenting a Young Scot Card.
  • Throughout the month, Preston Lodge High School is having a ban on sugary drinks.  Look out for #ProudToBeFizzFree on Twitter.
  • Kitten Kaboodle is offering new customers in East Lothian 10% off their first cat sitting session until 11 Feb (quote “kitten” when you book).  Spaces are limited, so contact them now!
  • 1st of February is Time to Talk Day – a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.  Take a look at the Conversation Starter (pdf).
  • Life is nicer when you’re kind.  In February two years ago, a mystery person left cash to pay for a parking fine while the car owner was in Edinburgh’s Sick Kids. The recipient was so moved by this act of kindness that they paid the favour forward with a fundraising drive for the hospital.  That’s how kindness works, like a ripple in a pond.  Stuck for ideas?  Look here >> https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
  • Schools in East Lothian break up for half term on Friday 9th, returning Tuesday 20th.
  • 16th February marks Chinese New Year.  This year (along with 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 & 2006) is Year of the Dog.  Click here for a review of The 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in East Lothian
  • The launch of new Pride for East Lothian takes place at Cockenzie House and Garden, on Saturday, February 17 from 11am – 7pm as part of LGBT History Month.
  • Shepherd House, Inveresk, will be part of The Snowdrop Festival on 24th and 25th February from 11 – 4 pm.  It will also be open 13th February – 6th March on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2-4pm.
  • From 25th February, there will be improvements to East Coast bus services including additional services on the 107 (renumbered as X7) at peak times; the extension of the 106 service to Fort Kinnaird; and the introduction of the N113 NightHawk service to Ormiston.

As always there will be lots to see and do in the county.  Take a look through these East Lothian events:

 

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New services and improved timetables coming to East Lothian

(with effect from Sunday 23rd April)

NEW Service X5 North Berwick – Edinburgh

East Coast Buses new express service running Mondays to Fridays between North Berwick and the West End (Semple Street), with 7 return journeys during the day.

NEW Service 106 Musselburgh – Haddington/Dunbar

A new service running between Musselburgh and Dunbar in the early morning and late evenings, with buses running between Musselburgh Tesco and Haddington up to every hour during the day Monday to Saturday. Service 106 is timed to connect with service 107 in Haddington, making travel between Musselburgh and Dunbar easy.

NEW Services 104 and 113

Lothian Country Buses services are joining EastCoastbuses with the transfer of services 104 and 113 to our fleet, with service 113 extended Monday to Saturday to West Granton. Lothian Country Buses Single Tickets, Day Tickets and Fares Zones will be replaced by East Coast Buses Tickets & Fares Zones with great value m-tickets, Single Tickets Day Tickets and Season Tickets available. Lothian Country Buses Ridacards for Zones C&D will continue to be valid for travel.

NightHawk now going to Edinburgh City Centre

When East Coast Buses introduced NightHawk in November, it only ran from Edinburgh to North Berwick or Dunbar. Now from April 23rd, both NightHawk N106 and N124 will include return journeys.

Service 107 route change

This service now includes additional peak-time journeys and is extended from Dunbar High Street to the ASDA superstore on Spott Road.

Other changes

There will be some minor changes to services 124/X24 and our school routes (125/126/127).

Full timetables and routes will be published in April on eastcoastbuses.co.uk

East Coast Buses Christmas & New Year

East Coast Buses have put together a Christmas timetable to make sure you can travel around East Lothian as well as to and from Edinburgh this festive season.

Click here to open the Christmas timetable (PDF)

There will be special services running on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1 January and a Saturday service to help you get around on 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December (please remember last evening services will depart earlier than normal on 24 and 31 December).

 

Introducing NightHawk

You’ll soon be able to benefit from two new bus services that will take you home after weekend nights out in Edinburgh.

Launching on Saturday 5 November, the new NightHawk services will depart from Frederick Street and end in Dunbar and North Berwick. The routes will also take in stops on Princes Street, Leith Street and the Omni Centre, as well as Musselburgh.

nighthawkroute

NightHawk N106 will run from Edinburgh City Centre via Musselburgh, Tranent, Haddington, East Linton and Dunbar. Two journeys will run on Saturday and Sunday mornings departing the city centre at 0025 & 0225.

NightHawk N124 will run from Edinburgh City Centre via Musselburgh, Prestonpans,  Longniddry, Gullane and North Berwick. Two journeys will run on Saturday and Sunday mornings departing the city centre at 0055 & 0255.

 

East Coast Buses Roadshow

Want to find out more about EastCoastbuses? The team is coming to several towns in East Lothian on Saturday 13th August to answer your questions. Why not come along and get the latest information on the new services to North Berwick and Dunbar?

They will be at the following locations:

Dunbar, High Street: 13th August between 9am and 11.30am

Haddington, outside Corn Exchange: 13th August between 12pm and 3pm 

North Berwick, Church Road: 13th August between 10am and 4pm

EAST COAST BUSES LAUNCHES TIMETABLES AND FARES

East Coast Buses has announced timetable and fare information as part of its package to rescue key services in East Lothian.

A wholly-owned subsidiary and part of the Lothian Buses family of companies, the operator is set to introduce new routes in addition to the continuation of existing commercial and school provisions.

The company will commence operations on Sunday 14 August with key routes connecting North Berwick with Musselburgh and Edinburgh, and Dunbar with Haddington and Edinburgh.

East Coast Buses’ fare structure will be based on a simple and customer-friendly zonal system. Along with single fares the company is offering three Dayticket options for passengers. The county Day Ticket provides passengers with unlimited travel across the network, excluding the city zone, for £5, while the countyPLUS Day Ticket will allow unlimited access across all East Coast Buses services in all zones for just £7.50.

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East Coast Buses is also introducing a Network Day Ticket, which will allow East Coast Buses passengers access to all Lothian Buses day services, Airlink and Edinburgh Tram services at just £9 for the day.

Operating from Musselburgh and North Berwick Depots, the fleet of 34 newly liveried and refurbished vehicles will provide a high quality, reliable and comfortable service for bus travellers within East Lothian and into Edinburgh.

The East Coast Buses team will be on hand at special events across the new network showcasing the new vehicles prior to commencing operational service. Events will take place on Saturday 6 August in Haddington and Dunbar and Saturday 13 August in North Berwick. Passengers will have the opportunity to find out more information about timetables and fares and to collect a free day ticket for use on the East Coast Buses routes.

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “These new routes will ensure that residents, workers and businesses across East Lothian will continue to enjoy reliable transport links that support their daily travel needs. We are looking forward to welcoming members of local communities aboard on the launch date and to becoming an important part of the local economy, as well as attracting new customers to the network of services that we will be providing across East Lothian and into Edinburgh.”

Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian said: “I am very pleased to welcome East Coast Buses’ new services to East Lothian.  Their initiative has secured bus services vital to many of our towns and villages, but also saved dozens of jobs and the depots in Musselburgh and North Berwick.  The last time Lothian Buses stepped in when another operator walked away from the County they introduced the 113 service which has just been voted best in Scotland, so I think my constituents have every reason to look forward to enjoying a reliable, responsive, high quality service from East Coast Buses.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said: “The forthcoming start of East Coast Buses operations is great for local communities in terms of securing employment prospects and the ongoing provision of vital bus services.  This is a good news story and I also welcome the announcement of the new timetable and the use of environmentally friendly buses.”

Councillor Michael Veitch, Transport spokesperson, East Lothian Council, said: I am delighted to welcome East Coast Buses to East Lothian. The imminent commencement of these new services represents a hugely significant boost to public transport in the county, and I’m sure that local bus users will be as excited as I am about it.”

Full timetable information will be available at: https://eastcoastbuses.co.uk/

East Coast Buses Ltd will introduce the following services from 14 August 2016:

  • 107 – New 60 minute timetable introduced on all days running (30 minute Mon-Fri peak). Buses run West End, Meadowbank, The Jewel, A1, Haddington and East Linton to Dunbar. This part-replaces First Service X6/106.
  • 124/X24 – New 30 minute timetable introduced Monday to Saturday and 60 minute on Sundays. Buses run Semple Street, Meadowbank, Portobello, Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Longniddry, Aberlady, Gullane and Dirleton to North Berwick. 3 x morning and afternoon buses run Limited Stop as X24. This part-replaces First Bus 124/X24.
  • The following commercial and school services will be continued:
    • 124 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Longniddry and Preston Lodge HS.
    • 125 – 2x morning and 2x afternoon journeys between Musselburgh and North Berwick HS.
    • 126 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Aberlady and North Berwick HS.
    • 127 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Longniddry and North Berwick HS.

 

East Coast Buses Fare & Timetable Info

What will the fares be?

The EastCoastbuses network is split up into zones – with tickets available for both single-zone and multi-zone journeys.

zone-map

 

Single tickets

Travel in 1 zone or 2 zones (if it includes city zone a)
Adult: £1.60
Child: £0.80

Travel in 2 or 3 zones
Adult: £2.60
Child: £1.30

Travel in 4 zones
Adult: £3.60
Child: £1.80

Travel in 5 zones
Adult: £4.60
Child: £2.30

Travel in 6 zones
Adult: £5.60
Child: £2.80

Adult single tickets are also available in the Transport for Edinburgh m-ticket app
county Day Ticket

(unlimited travel for one day in zones b-f on EastCoastbuses / Lothian Country Buses only)
Adult: £5.00
Child: £2.50
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £12.00
countyPLUS Day Ticket

(unlimited travel for one day in zones a-f on EastCoastbuses / Lothian Country Buses only)
Adult: £7.50
Child: £3.50
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £18.00
Network Day Ticket

(unlimited travel for one day in all zones on EastCoastbuses Lothian Country Buses, Lothian Buses day services, Airlink & Edinburgh Trams only)
Adult: £9.00
Child: £4.50

Please have the correct money ready as we cannot give change.
m-tickets

Adult Day & Family Tickets are available in the Transport for Edinburgh m-ticket app

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free

When will my bus arrive?

Service 107

Dunbar – East Linton – Haddington – Edinburgh
hourly, 7 days per week (every 30 mins Mon-Fri at peak times)

Mon-Fri:
First departure from Dunbar at 0555
First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0715
Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244
Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115
Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359

Saturdays:
First departure from Dunbar at 0655
First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0740
Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244
Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115
Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359

Sundays:
First departure from Dunbar at 0743
First departure from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 0820
Last bus from Edinburgh to Dunbar at 2244
Last bus from Dunbar to Edinburgh at 2115
Last bus from Dunbar to Haddington at 2359

Service 124/X24

North Berwick – Gullane – Aberlady – Longniddry – Musselburgh – Edinburgh
Every 30 mins Monday-Saturday (every hour evenings and Sundays)

Mon-Fri:
First departure from North Berwick at 0547
First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0726
Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328
Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155
Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305

Saturdays:
First departure from North Berwick at 0623
First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0802
Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328
Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155
Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305

Sundays:
First departure from North Berwick at 0719
First departure from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 0902
Last bus from Edinburgh to North Berwick at 2328
Last bus from North Berwick to Edinburgh at 2155
Last bus from North Berwick to Musselburgh at 2305

Download the full timetable