East Lothian accountancy firm agrees merger

Haddington based chartered accountants, N C Campbell & Co, have merged with Berwick company Greaves West & Ayre.

As of 1st October, the combined firm consists of 11 partners and 104 staff and will operate from fully staffed and managed offices in 8 St Ann’s Place, Sidegate, Haddington and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The expanded firm is called Greaves West & Ayre (incorporating N C Campbell & Co) and, with no changes to personnel, the usual contacts for both firms remain the same.
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Greaves West & Ayre Partners
(Ewan Millar – on the left- shaking hands with Alan Patterson)

N C Campbell & Co partner Ewan Millar comments:

In Greaves West & Ayre we have found a like-minded organisation that shares the same traditional values of quality client care to businesses of all sizes across all sectors. We can more effectively safeguard the future of our employees in Haddington and the relationships with our clients in the long term. Being part of a larger organisation, we will have increased capacity to help our clients with any issues they may have. Greaves West & Ayre has long-established additional services which our clients will be able to access including Specialist Tax and VAT advice, Pensions & Investment advice, Computer and IT services including Cloud Accounting.”

The partners look forward to offering continued Quality Advice and Quality Service from the enlarged firm and invite anyone wishing to find out about the services on offer to get in touch for a free initial meeting.

Replacement for withdrawn 108 service

Statement from Prentice Coaches:

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In order to end speculation, we can confirm that, subject to approval by the Scottish Traffic Commissioner, we intend launching a new version of the 108 service between Haddington and Fort Kinnaird on Monday 15th of August.

For legal reasons we can make no further comment, nor release timetable information, until we are informed of the Traffic Commissioners decision

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.

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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