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
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 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.”
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.
Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free
When will my bus arrive?
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
North Berwick – Gullane – Aberlady – Longniddry – Musselburgh – Edinburgh
Every 30 mins Monday-Saturday (every hour evenings and Sundays)
Mon-Fri: First departure fromNorth 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
I love East Lothian but there are parts of the county I haven’t visited because I don’t have a car and public transport can be patchy.
Recently, I was in Waverley station and noticed a Visit East Lothian banner prominently displayed at Platform 4 and I found myself pondering how many visitors to Edinburgh take the train east.
Visit East Lothian has recently produced a TV advert showcasing the county’s attractions – but how easy are they to get to on bus or train?
First to appear in the STV advert is Foxlake Adventures which looks brilliant fun but I haven’t been as I’ve always presumed it would be difficult for me to get to. The Foxlake website has detailed instructions for reaching the award-winning activity centre by road but no mention of public transport. So, imagining I’m a car-less visitor to Edinburgh, how do I get there?
The quickest way is to get a train to Dunbar (20 mins), walk to the bus stop, get an Eve’s Coaches 120 bus (10mins) ask the driver to let you off opposite Tynefield and walk the remaining 6 minutes. Alternatively, you can get the Perryman’s 253 service all the way from Edinburgh and as before, getting off at Tynefield and walking. VERDICT: Let the train take the strain.
Next up is the John Gray Centre, Haddington, home to a library, museum and the Council archives. The website has a helpful How to find us page which lists ‘by car’ first, then public transport and finally, cycling.
For the quickest journey, take the Perryman’s 253 (39 minutes). Alternatively you could take the Lothian Country Bus 104 (51 minutes). FirstBus currently run both the X8 and X6 services but are scheduled to cease all East Lothian operations in August. VERDICT: Take the bus
A journey combining train and bus usually takes just over an hour but if you travel on a Saturday when trains are more frequent, you might be lucky with the timings and get there in as little as 44 minutes. Take a train to Drem and get an Eve’s 121. If you prefer two wheels, take a look at Cycling Scot’s blog on how to reach the museum by bike. VERDICT: Easy Train/Bus (or Bike) combo
A trip to the Scottish Seabird Centre is very easy on public transport and their website encourages you to get there by walking, cycling, train, bus, car – in that order (well done Seabird Centre).
Take the train to North Berwick. Buses are available (until FirstBus withdraws) but the train is quicker and more pleasant. VERDICT: Take the train!
The video also features Dirleton Castle which is owned by Historic Environment Scotland. The website gives details of grid reference and has links to travel planners but nothing specifically to encourage people to use public transport. The withdrawal of the Firstbus X24 will make it problematic reaching Dirleton (and other coastal towns not served by a train). Until another bus operator takes over the route, your options are walk the 2 miles from North Berwick train station. VERDICT: Wait and see
The last attraction to star in the video is Dunbar Leisure Pool – a family favourite and free swims for children during the summer holidays. The website has a small map but there are no directions how to reach the pool. Fortunately, Traveline Scotland suggests taking train to Dunbar and walking the short journey from the station to the pool. VERDICT: Take the train!
The video ends with the words “East Lothian Attractions – Explore, Play, Stay, Amazing – No Ordinary Day”
The ‘Getting Here’ section of the Visit East Lothian website lists the ways of reaching the county as: Road, Rail, Bus, Air & Sea. Let’s hope that information providers explore the possibility that visitors might want to use sustainable methods of travel to ‘Edinburgh’s playground’ – now that would be amazing.
I’ve only looked at whether a journey was feasible (not taking into account practicalities such as travelling with a buggy) and I haven’t made price comparisons. You should bear in mind that FirstBus will cease all East Lothian operations in August.
From Sunday 29th March, Lothian Buses will be making changes to most bus services. These changes will result in improvements to timetables, especially in the evenings and at weekends. The changes to routes through East Lothian are summarised below:
Service 15 Revised route and timetable
A revised route resulting in a quicker, more direct service from Penicuik to the south-side of Edinburgh and the City Centre. Buses will run as per the current route as far as Gowkley Moss Roundabout then direct to Penicuik, omitting Bilston, Roslin and Auchendinny. From John Street, buses will run via Carlops Road to Deanburn, no longer serving Penicuik Town Centre. Later evening buses will be introduced between the City and Penicuik, in both directions.
Sunday service 15A is withdrawn.
Service 26 Revised timetable and route change
Altered route at Tranent with buses extending from the High Street to Windygoul to part replace service 44. Haddington Road will continue to be served by service 104.
Service 44/44A Revised route and timetable
The service will no longer serve Tranent (Windygoul). All buses will run to Wallyford with some Monday to Saturday peak time journeys continuing to serve Whitecraig.
Tranent will continue to be served by the 26, X44, 104 and 113.
Service X44 (Tranent) Revised timetable and stopping places
An additional morning and afternoon journey will operate. Buses will now operate Limited Stop on Milton Road, stopping at Brustane and Paisley Drive only.
Service 113 More buses
Monday to Saturday frequency increased to every 30 minutes providing Tranent with more direct journeys following the withdrawal of service 44 from the town.
Service N30 Revised route and timetable
Leith Street (Omni) no longer served.
In Stoneybank and Musselburgh the route is altered to run as a one-way loop. Stoneybank Cresent, Newbigging and the High Street will no longer be served. From Stoneybank, buses will run via Mall Avenue, Bridge Street and will return via North High Street and Newhailes Road to Stoneybank.
For more information, you can download the following leaflets;