Buses in Edinburgh

The dispute with Lothian Buses drivers is now over.

Great, I’ll get the refund for the inconvenience of buses not turning up.

I have noticed that they are trying to bull-doze through the trams, when there are far too many buses runing in the place that the trams are due to run.

Glad I didn’t renew my bus pass

I’m Glad I didn’t bother renewing my Lothian Buses bus pass at the end of last week.
Why? Quite simple. Had I taken the bus today I would have missed the two connections because the 37A was running on time.
The shortest route by bus to Roslin for me, is to take the 18 to Kaimes cross roads. Fingers crossed the 18 was running on time. Then I have to hope that the 37A is running 2 minutes late, otherwise I miss it and the next connection, with the 15A from Bilston into Roslin.
The problem with taking the earlier 18 is that the 15A only runs every hour, if I have to wait more than 10 minutes on the 15A, I’m faster walking!
By the time I’m missing either the 15A or 37A on a regular basis, I’m as well cycling the whole route, it only takes around 10 minutes longer than the fastest time I have managed by bus!
Most importantly, it is considerably more reliable!

Edinburgh City Centre

Lothian Buses have come out with a leaflet detailing the changes from the 19 June 2005 regarding the City of Edinburgh Council’s so called Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme (CETM). There will be even MORE buses on Princes Street. Grrr.
All the buses via George Street or Queen Street are being diverted away over to Princes Street. Why??
Supposedly to reduce congestion. Eh? Take longer to get to where you want to go maybe, though extra diversions, you end up using extra fuel, and by the way paying extra tax.

Unfortunately, almost all the buses in the city go via the city centre, so avoiding the city centre as much as possible could prove very difficult. Especially after Lothian Buses cut all the circular service back in July 2003.

Petition update

Last count over 800 signatures.

Safeway at Hunter’s Tryst have accepted the petition, hopefully I’ll get a good few more signatures.

Last night on the way to the Gyle I came accross yet another person who didn’t know the 18 wasn’t going the full route at 7pm.