Ash Denham MSP has secured a commitment from Lothian Buses that the company will review bus services in the Lochend area following timetable changes last summer, including the withdrawal of Service 15 which sparked complaints from constituents in the Lochend and Restalrig area who relied upon it to easily access the city centre.
The changes to the timetable have resulted in bus users in the area, many of whom are elderly or with disabilities, to walk a longer distance to access an alternative bus route to take them into the city centre.
But following a meeting at the Scottish Parliament this month between Ms. Denham and Lothian Buses chief executive, Richard Hall, and commercial director, Nigel Serafini, the company have agreed to look again at the bus network and have also committed to sending a representative from Lothian Buses to meet with the area’s community council, Craigentinny & Meadowbank CC, at the earliest opportunity to discuss the number 15 service with them as well.
Ms. Denham said:
“I thank Mr Hall and Mr Serafini for agreeing to meet with me at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the ending of the number 15 service last summer, which prompted a number of my Edinburgh Eastern constituents to contact me to convey their frustrations.
“Many constituents who use this service are elderly and may have disabilities which prevent them from walking a longer distance to reach an alternative bus route to take them into the city centre.
“The meeting with Lothian Buses was very constructive and I made a number of points on behalf of my constituents. I was pleased that they have committed to looking again at service provision in this area and that they will meet with Craigentinny & Meadowbank Community Council to open a dialogue with them on this matter as well.
“I will continue to engage with Lothian Buses on this issue to see if either the service can be reinstated or if an alternative solution can be agreed upon.”
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Pictured (l-r): Nigel Serafini, Richard Hall and Ash Denham MSP.