First West Lothian announce changes to local bus services
First West Lothian are pleased to announce service improvements to its West Lothian network following feedback from Customers, Stakeholders and following attendance at various local community meetings.
The First West Lothian team has taken on-board comments and requests, and after consulting with relevant Local Authorities are making further improvements to the network which are detailed on the link below.
New direct links to Edinburgh from Shotts, Harthill, Whitburn and Blackburn introduced through new service X22. The new service X22 replaces service 701 on a much-improved frequency, as well as service 22 between Harthill and Livingston Centre. This means the service frequency in Shotts is now doubled with a half hourly service and creates the town’s first direct bus link to the capital for a number of years.
Services X22/X23 will now also both serve Hermiston Park & Ride every 15 minutes during the daytime on weekdays, meaning customers have a new, lower cost alternative on journeys between here and Edinburgh city centre with the introduction of the new £7 weekly ticket on this part of the journey. This is almost a third of the cost of a similar ticket with another operator.
The changes to the X22 and X23 routes means that West Lothian College will no longer be served by these services, however, the College is still covered by Services 21, X24/X25 and 600.
To make life easier for our customers and based on regular feedback received, all limited stop (direct) services to Edinburgh have been renumbered and made more easily identifiable with an ‘X’ prefix. The 38 service becomes an X38, for example.
Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director for First Scotland East said: “We are pleased with the feedback and continued support we have received from our customers in West Lothian and surrounding areas over the past few months and we continue to try to simplify our network whilst meeting the ever-changing demands of our customers’ travel needs.
“For example, Services X22/X23 will now serve Hermiston Park & Ride and offer people unlimited travel between the site and Edinburgh City Centre for only £7 per week – a real saving in comparison to other operators who offer similar tickets for almost three times the price. A single journey on this new part of the service is just £1.20, while a day ticket represents great value also at just £2 from Hermiston P&R to the city centre.
“We hope these revisions indicate our commitment to listening to feedback and further cements our long-term future in West Lothian. I look forward to further expansion and improvements to services in both West Lothian and surrounding areas going forward as we continue to connect West Lothian as we have done for more than a century.”
For more information, and a detailed breakdown of the service changes or to view/print revised timetables click here: https://www.firstgroup.com/south-east-and-central-scotland/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/first-scotland-east