Buses and trams unite in Edinburgh

Lothian Buses Driver, Davy Swaney; Head of Operations (Bus), Sarah Boyd; Operations Director Lothian Buses, Bill Campbell; Engineering Director Lothian Buses, Bill Devlin; Lothian Buses Driver, Lindsay Traynor; Ian Craig; Engineering Manager Edinburgh Trams, Colin Kerr; Duty Manager Edinburgh Trams, Graeme Healey; Edinburgh Trams Driver, Davis Paton; General Manager Edinburgh Trams, Tom Norris and Edinburgh Trams Driver, Evelyn Kiernan.

Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams have launched their new Transport for Edinburgh brand identity at the tram stop in St Andrews Square. The newly formed Transport for Edinburgh brings Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Bus Tours and Edinburgh Trams together into a combined group with integrated operations and common ticketing. Services such as finance, marketing, human resources and facilities management that are currently within Lothian Buses will also provide support to all parts of the newly enlarged organisation.

Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh, Ian Craig, said, ‘Edinburgh’s love affair with its public transport system stretches back over 140 years and Transport for Edinburgh is the next evolutionary step to provide the city’s residents and visitors with the best possible integrated transport service. Within Lothian Buses we continually look at future technologies, be they environmental innovations with our fleet or looking at new ticketing options to provide our passengers with more choice. Transport for Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity to join bus and tram operations together giving the capital a successful transport system that will be the envy of other cities. Our vision for Transport for Edinburgh is simple; to provide world class, environmentally and socially inclusive transport, that will be an integral part of the future success of Edinburgh and the Lothians. The new brand identity, representing a simple, interconnecting route map, is a great way of illustrating that. People will start to see the new logo branding on our bus vehicles from January next year and on all trams at operational service. In the short term there will be no direct changes that will affect our passengers; RIDACARDS and pre-purchased tickets will still be valid for use.’

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