First Bus are still connecting West Lothian
- New services, new connections, more frequent buses and faster links.
- West Lothian wide network coverage.
- Increased frequencies of services to Livingston North rail link.
- Frequent services to St John’s Hospital.
First West Lothian have confirmed a number of improvements and changes to their network will come into effect as of August 6th 2018 following a successful consultation period with customers and stakeholders.
For example, First West Lothian have announced an even faster link to Edinburgh from Livingston bus terminal on the X23. This service will provide the fastest journey in and out of Edinburgh and is now 15 minutes faster.
The operator also now have eight buses per hour going to St John’s Hospital, with a further eight per hour going to Alderstone Road. There is also a brand new service 600 providing a fast and direct link from Livingston Bus terminal to Edinburgh Airport via Kirkliston and Winchburgh.
The local bus operator have contactless payments and mobile ticketing options available to all passengers on state of the art vehicles across all routes providing the best value fares and options for all customers in West Lothian. This will help to speed up boarding times and further improve the customer experience in terms of access to services.
In simple terms, what these network changes mean for West Lothian residents is; New services, new connections, more frequent buses and faster links.
First West Lothian are proud to have provided services connecting the whole of West Lothian together for over 100 years, and this will continue following the upcoming network changes. The aim to provide a more reliable, faster and more efficient local bus service than ever before.
David Phillips, Operations Director at First Scotland East, said: “Our aim with these most recent network change proposals is to try and maintain as many direct links to Edinburgh as we can reliably provide whilst also developing a “turn up and go” style of services for Livingston, with the bus terminal as the main transport hub. The network is designed to provide easy connections between services at the terminal.
“Last month, we hosted a ‘meet the manager’ consultation event on a bus at Livingston Bus Terminal to engage with customers on the proposed changes. We listened to views from over 1000 passengers, who gave feedback, thoughts and opinions on the changes. This feedback is invaluable to us and we have now listened to these views and made changes to our original proposals.
“As a result, we have now settled on a finalised new network structure which will come into effect from August 6th 2018. We have heavily invested in our bus fleet with more than £8million spent over the last three years in the area and we will continue to look at ways to further improve and develop our product. We are aware that these changes may mean changes to customers journeys, but we are confident that these changes will improve our local bus network to the benefit of our passengers.”
For full details of the network changes that come into effect on August 6th 2018, please visit, www.firstscotlandeast.com/westlothian