Take a peek at peak times

Have you ever wondered what ‘peak’ and ‘off peak’ times are on the Edinburgh – North Berwick railway line?

Unable to find an answer on their website, I tweeted Scotrail:

I didn’t find the information on the National Rail Enquiries website particularly easy to read so thought it might be helpful to set out the information clearly below:

Station

PEAK

OFF- PEAK
NBW 06:07 06:47 07:17 07:55 08:45 09:27
DRM 06:14 06:54 07:25 08:03 08:53 09:34
LND 06:20 07:00 07:31 08:09 08:58 09:40
PST 06:25 07:05 07:36 08:07 08:14 09:03 09:45
WAF 06:28 07:08 07:40 08:10 08:18 09:06 09:48
MUB 06:32 07:12 07:44 08:16 08:22 09:10 09:52
Station

OFF- PEAK

PEAK

OFF- PEAK
EDB

16:42

17:15

17:48

18:14

So, in a nutshell, if you’re heading to Edinburgh in the morning, the first off-peak train is the one that leaves North Berwick at 09:27.  Coming back to East Lothian from Edinburgh, there are two peak trains: 17:15 and 17:48.  Weekends are always off-peak.

Hope this helps but please remember, this is only my interpretation of the current timetable, if you need additional information please contact Scotrail.

ScotRail Alliance to confirm improvements in East Lothian

The ScotRail Alliance will confirm how they are improving rail services for customers in East Lothian at a public meeting on Thursday evening (03 May).

The most recent figures show the level of service on the North Berwick route has improved in recent months, with 94.1 per cent of ScotRail trains meeting their target arrival time, having stopped at all scheduled stations. This is up by 10 per cent from the most challenging period last year.

And, over the past twelve weeks, just one in almost 3,000 services to run on the route missed a stop in order to prevent disruption spreading across the network.

More carriages are also heading to services in East Lothian: a number of trains on the route already have six carriages, following a trial early last year that has since been made permanent. By the end of the year, the majority of peak-time trains between North Berwick and Edinburgh are expected to have six carriages.

Once the new Hitachi Class 385 trains enter service, these will be introduced on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route, followed by the North Berwick route.

This announcement comes ahead of a public meeting on rail services in East Lothian which will take place in Prestonpans Town Hall, on Thursday 3 May at 7pm where leaders from the ScotRail Alliance will meet customers, as well as Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s Head of Customer Operations, who will be at the meeting said:

“Along with ScotRail Alliance colleagues, I’m looking forward to meeting with our customers in Prestonpans, answering their questions about the service we provide and the improvements we will be making.

“We know that East Lothian is an exceptionally popular place to live, and there’s an ever-growing demand for our services to and from Edinburgh.

“With that in mind, we are doing all we can to ensure everyone has a comfortable journey. By the end of this year, even more of our customers will be able to benefit from longer trains with more seats and better services.”

Parliamentarians to hold public meeting on local rail concerns

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP are holding a public meeting to provide a further opportunity for rail users to highlight ongoing problems with the service on the North Berwick Line.

The local parliamentarians have decided to hold the meeting following continued widespread frustration and complaints about the issues that have dogged the line, such as serious overcrowding, frequent delays and cancellations, and problems with ticketing, including broken ticket machines.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd May at Prestonpans Town Hall starting at 7pm. The ScotRail Alliance has been invited to send a representative to help answer questions from those who attend the meeting.

Iain Gray MSP said:

I have spent years campaigning for the kind of safe, regular and reliable rail services that people in East Lothian need. Sadly, despite various promises and warm words from successive SNP Government Rail Ministers and ScotRail bosses, little progress has been made.

Indeed, I continue to receive a regular flow of complaints from local rail users about their poor experience on the North Berwick Line. Frequent overcrowding, sometimes to the point where passengers have felt unsafe, delays and cancellations cause huge frustration to those using the line.

This is unacceptable and must change. Martin and I intend to use this public meeting to reiterate the strength of feeling on the issue and relaunch our local #RailChange campaign for improvements in local services.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

Last year I helped to organise Prestonpans’ community council’s public meeting on local rail services. That event was well attended and provided an opportunity for local rail users to make their feelings known and quiz ScotRail about the numerous problems they were experiencing.

Some commitments were made at that meeting around delivering improvements on the North Berwick Line. However, I think it’s clear to anyone who uses services on the line that very little has changed over the last 12 months.

This ongoing misery for commuters in East Lothian is simply not good enough. We need to see real action from all partners to remedy the problems and deliver a reliable service for local rail users. This meeting will provide another opportunity to push for that change.”

Scottish Seabird Centre seeks future conservation leader

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People, conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, seeks a young person to join the Board of Trustees for the duration of one year. The Seabird Centre recognises the importance of the themed year and the need to engage the next generation, who can bring invaluable insight, experience and ideas to further enhance the work of the charity.

Applications are sought from those working in the conservation, environmental education or the wildlife tourism sector who are aged between 18 and 35 years. The appointed applicant will contribute to building on the Centre’s success and its exciting plans for the future, working with the diverse and experienced Board to create a world-class facility and activity programme dedicated to marine conservation and education.

David Windmill, Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We are keen to diversify our focus beyond that of seabirds and the local environment, to explore the wider marine environment and wildlife: life above and below the waves. We want to highlight the many threats that our wildlife now face and what needs to be done to help.

“Our Board of trustees is central to this vision for the future and we envisage the appointed person bringing skills and expertise that will contribute to delivering our aims. Not only that but as an education charity, we want to contribute to the learning and development of a talented individual who has aspirations for the future.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, adds: “From appointment, the successful applicant will have a position on the Board for one year. This will involve attending meetings in North Berwick and actively contributing with ideas on engaging and attracting young people to the Centre now and in the future.

“The successful applicant will act as an ambassador for the Scottish Seabird Centre, attending events as required throughout the year. It is an amazing opportunity for a young person and we are very keen to demonstrate our ongoing support for Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The Scottish Seabird Centre’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall management and governance of the charity. It sets the strategic direction of the organisation and monitors performance.

Trustees have a wide range of skills and experience required for the various areas in which the charity operates. They are recruited against a matrix of skills, knowledge and experience which is regularly reviewed. All trustees are interviewed and approved by the Board.

For more information on the Board: https://seabird.org/people/trustees/46/207

For more information on the Seabird Centre’s YOYP activities: https://seabird.org/visit/what’s-on/year-of-young-people/10/23/226

Application process and deadline

  • CV and covering letter should be sent to info@seabird.org by 12noon Friday 23 February 2018
  • Applicants should be aged 18 to 35 on this date
  • Interviews will take place with David Windmill, Chairman, and Tom Brock, CEO
  • The first meeting the successful candidate will attend is Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Original Seabird Centre architects to work on National Marine Centre project

Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Simpson & Brown Architects for the National Marine Centre project.

The Simpson & Brown team worked on the original, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre building which opened to the public in May 2000. The Seabird Centre has become a very popular landmark building and has won several architectural and sustainability awards.

Photo  Phil Wilkinson  info@philwilkinson.net
Photo info@philwilkinson.net

The success of the Seabird Centre led to Simpson & Brown being appointed to design other visitor attractions. Over the last 16 years they have worked on, and won awards for, a range of high profile visitor-related projects including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Dawyck Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre, York Art Gallery and, most recently, Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum to name but a few. They also designed the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club building at Aberlady.

With over 38 years’ experience, Simpson & Brown specialise in conservation projects, creative adaption of existing buildings and the design of environmentally-sound initiatives. The project team will be led by Partner, Andy Davey, with Partner, Susan Whittle and Associate, Jenny Phillips.

Andy Davey, Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects, said: “Our team is delighted to be involved with the National Marine Centre Project. We are immensely proud of the Seabird Centre building and believe we are ideally placed to develop and strengthen the design to make it even more inspirational as well as functional for visitors and staff.

“Our work focuses on respecting the past and responding to the challenges for the future, particularly with regards to environmentally sound, sustainable design. As these aspects will be a core focus for the National Marine Centre project we look forward to researching, consulting and developing the designs in partnership with the Seabird Centre team and key stakeholders.”

Grace Martin, Project Director for the National Marine Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Simpson & Brown. Andy and his team have a very strong association with the current building and a wealth of experience in visitor attractions, sustainability and sympathetic design.

“It is still very early days with the project and we are currently in a period of public consultation. Going forward, Simpson & Brown will be keen to engage with visitors and non-visitors alike to help them identify how best to enhance the existing, iconic Seabird Centre building”.

The aim of the National Marine Centre is to help people discover more about our amazing marine environment and wildlife – life above and below the waves – including seabirds. It will present the opportunity for the Centre to achieve more of its charitable objectives by expanding and diversifying its education and conservation programmes, developing new activities and events, and enhancing the exhibition space. The National Marine Centre is the working title for this innovative project.

The public survey for the project is currently still open, closing on Monday 7 November: https://www.seabird.org/national-marine-centre/your-say/43/231

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

Funding boost for dementia friendly choir in East Lothian

A dementia friendly choir in North Berwick has been given a funding boost of £5,000. LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalist

Centrepiece Choir, which is part of North Berwick Day Care Association, was started two years ago by people with dementia and their friends who wanted to sing and perform, with money from a local Trust fund.

The choir have already performed a programme of successful events, and practice weekly in the local church hall under the direction of gifted choir master Andrew Brown. The choir themselves decide what they would like to sing, and where they would like to go to perform, and are supported by community volunteers who organise the music, venues, transport and outfits.LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

The funding will allow this community of interest to continue to come together, to meet in a familiar group with like-minded people who enjoy singing and performing in a dementia friendly space, and entertain their local community.LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

Funding has come from the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. The Trust will be investing £3million in 14 different dementia friendly communities over the next three years.LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

Valerie MacAdam, one of the choir organisers and a member herself, said,

‘This funding is very important to our choir. Activities like singing help people rediscover old skills, build confidence and have fun. Over the years, many people in the choir have had dementia but they really enjoy singing because, for them, the memory of singing has stayed long after everything else goes. Our choir will continue to build on the positive outcomes that the power of music, and being part of a community can bring to people with dementia.’LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists
Elma Danks, Chair of the North Berwick Day Centre Management Committee and also a choir member said, ‘It gives them huge pleasure and you can see such a positive change in their appearance each time you meet them and they have sung. They really enjoy entertaining others because they feel they are still able to give back, they are contributing, and taking part.’LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

Anna Buchanan, Director of the Life Changes Trust dementia programme said ‘Many people living with dementia stop taking part in activities that may have given them great pleasure in the past, or which allowed them to mix with their peers. Initiatives like these bring people together in a dementia friendly community of interest where they have opportunities to be part of something that is meaningful to them. This is a self-directed group who make decisions about what they do and how they do it. This funding will support them to continue to be empowered to do the things they love and make decisions about their own activities.’LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

In Scotland:

  • It is estimated that around 90,000 people have dementia
  • The number of people with dementia in Scotland is increasing, because the population is getting older. Based on current dementia prevalence rates, the number of people with dementia in Scotland is projected to double by 2038*.
  • Much of that financial burden falls on family carers and friends, who may also experience social isolation, exhaustion and health problems associated with the demands of caring.
  • Dementia costs the country more than cancer, heart disease and stroke put together.

The Life Changes Trust is committed to funding and supporting the development of Dementia Friendly Communities across Scotland and to supporting transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of people affected by dementia – both those who have dementia and those who care for them.LothianLoop: Making Life Easier for Lazy Churnalists

www.lifechangestrust.org.uk.

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