Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham has written to the City of Edinburgh Council asking the local authority to engage with community transport charities HcL (HandiCabs) and LCTS (Lothian Community Transport Services) to support members of the public affected by the loss of the number 69 service, which was discontinued last year.
The written request comes following a public meeting organised and chaired last night by Ms. Denham which allowed local community councils and constituents to ask questions directly of Lothian Buses and the City of Edinburgh Council regarding bus services.
Representatives from HcL and LCTS were both in attendance at the meeting and stated a willingness to look at all possible solutions to ensure members of the public with mobility challenges in this part of the Capital can more easily access essential services.
Speaking following the meeting, Ms. Denham said:
“I was pleased to organise and chair a meeting to give my constituents and community councils in Edinburgh Eastern an opportunity to ask questions they had for the Council and Lothian Buses regarding bus services.
“A number of issues were raised, including the number 69 service which was discontinued early last year to the disappointment and frustration of bus users in the Northfield and Willowbrae community council area.
“It was clear during the meeting that community transport charities working in Edinburgh are open to engaging with the Council to help find a much needed solution. I have now written to the Council to ask if such an engagement can be made a priority.
“I will also engage with the Council and Lothian Buses with the other questions and suggestions highlighted to me in advance of the meeting by local community councils that we didn’t have time to cover.
“I wish to thank community councils, Transport Convener Lesley Macinnes, council officials, Lothian Buses, community transport charities, and constituents for taking part in the meeting.
“I would also like to thank Lothian Buses and the many bus drivers across the Capital for all they have done and continue to do as key workers to keep our capital city moving during the pandemic – not least ensuring NHS staff and other key workers were able to attend work during the lockdowns.”