Lothian Buses’ Annandale Street depot turns 90 this month. The building was originally opened in 1922 as a 90,000ft industrial exhibition centre costing £40,000. It was built in just four months. In 1926, the site was sold to Edinburgh Corporation Transport for £30,000 to cope with an ever expanding fleet. The operation changed its name to Lothian Regional Transport in 1975 and Lothian Buses in 1999. It extended the building twice, once in 1933 and again in 1963.
MD for Lothian Buses, Richard Hall, said, ‘90 years on and our Central Depot is now home to over 200 buses and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as staff work around the clock to keep the city moving. The Depot will again open its doors to the public in September as part of Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day weekend and we look forward to welcoming visitors on the day.’