EastCoastbuses launched

East Coast Buses Ltd has announced timetable and fare information as part of its package to rescue key services in East Lothian. Branded as EastCoastbuses, the wholly owned subsidiary and part of Lothian Buses, the operator is set to introduce new routes in addition to the continuation of existing commercial and school provisions. The company will commence operations on 14 August with key routes connecting North Berwick with Musselburgh and Edinburgh, as well as Dunbar with Haddington and Edinburgh.

Operating from Musselburgh and North Berwick depots, a fleet of 34 newly liveried and internally refurbished vehicles will provide the service. The fleet will be made up of 14 Wrightbus Eclipse Volvo B7RLEs, six Plaxton President Dennis Trident IIs and 14 Wrightbus Gemini 2 Volvo B9TLs. The East Coast Buses team will be holding events across the new network showcasing these vehicles and helping with information on the new routes, timetables and fares. Fresh uniforms have been designed and a new customer website has been created in house by the Lothian Buses marketing and communications team.

EastCoastbuses’ fare structure will be based on a zonal system designed to be simple and customer friendly. Along with single fares, the company is offering three Dayticket options for passengers. The county Day Ticket provides passengers with unlimited travel across the network, excluding the city zone, for £5, while the countyPLUS Day Ticket will allow unlimited access across all EastCoastbuses services in all zones for £7.50. It is also introducing a Network Day Ticket, which will also allow its passengers access to all Lothian Buses day services, Airlink and Edinburgh Trams at £9 for the day.

MD of Lothian Buses, Richard Hall, said, ‘These new routes will ensure that residents, workers and businesses across East Lothian will continue to enjoy reliable transport links that support their daily travel needs. We are looking forward to welcoming members of local communities aboard on the launch date and to becoming an important part of the local economy, as well as attracting new customers to the network of services that we will be providing across East Lothian and into Edinburgh. We have worked in close co-operation with the Scottish Government and East Lothian Council as well as a number of other key stakeholders and have been well supported by our suppliers across Scotland and the UK in order to make this happen. The whole team at Lothian Buses have done an amazing job in setting up this new business to start operations in August.’

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