Some more changes to the local buses.
It’s strange that they are making the 20 circular considering that in July 2003 the took away the last of the circular routes, I wonder what caused their change in mind.
The 35 is being extended to the Airport again, yet they don’t seem to be putting it into the Gyle Centre. There is demand for this. One example being two weeks after Lothian Buses took it away the last time a couple came up to me, while waiting at the Gyle to ask which bus went directly to the Gyle.
The 36 is being extended to the Scottish Parliament, I wonder what frequency it is going to be! The last time they had a bus doing a similar route, it was every half hour. So infrequent that you could walk o your connection by the time the bus would turn up if had missed it.
The number 30 has finally been increased to every 10 minutes. I knew it would eventually get increased to this frequency, ever since they took the other services away from Fort Kinnaird.
The 29 is going to have more journeys to Gorebridge in the evening. Will they be going into Tesco Hardengreen?
Evening and Sunday journeys to ASDA the Jewel using the 49 are all very well, but it takes longer than walking there directly from South Edinburgh.
So it seems as though they are not going to extend the 18 from the Royal Infirmary to Fort Kinnaird and ASDA the Jewel. It worries me when they don’t say what the changes are explicitly and just say “revised timetable” or “minor timetable changes” as in the past this has meant that there was a decrease in frequency.
The City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian Buses and Colin Buchanan are doing the “Edinburgh Travel Survey” to make a model of travel in Edinburgh.
The only reason I found out about the suvey was because I just happened to to be on a 22.
I’m fed up with the very high frequency of the Lothian Buses 22 and 26 in Edinburgh, especially when there are so many other routes that are so low frequency, such as the 15(A), 18, 32, etc.
Maybe if everyone were to stop using the 22 and 26 whenever possible and use alternatives instead, maybe the Lothian Buses management will take notice and redistribute their services.
Why not use hybrid trolley buses as an interim measure, until there is enough money is available to fund the laying down of the tracks.
I would say that using hybrid trolley buses instead as it would be more flexible. They don’t always require electric to run, and they don’t need the expensive tracks.
The Museum of Transport in Glasgow has a trolley bus from the 60’s, so it might be an idea taking a look at it.
According to the Evening News – End of the line for bus routes once trams start to run in city . Bus companies are going to have to cut the bus services to the city centre. If the right routes get cut then it won’t be a bad thing as the current probem with the city centre is that there are far too many buses there. So many they are holding each other up! If this goes ahead I just hope that the buses that get taken off from the city centre will be put on to the routes avoiding the city centre!
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.
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!
I have just noticed on Lothian Buses website: http://www.lothianbuses.co.uk/news/serviceChanges.asp that they will be running a Saturday service from 19 July 2005. It’s a real shame for those who live out in the sticks.
I’ve had another letter published in the Evening News
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.