Micro-Hybrids arrive in West Lothian
First Scotland East has received the first five of 18 new Wrightbus Micro-Hybrids intended to operate on Services 20, 21 and 22, linking Livingston, Broxburn and other towns and villages in West Lothian with Edinburgh. First claimed the new buses will sport ‘one of the most eye-catching and imaginative designs anywhere in Scotland’. They feature leather seats, free wi-fi and extra room for wheelchairs and passengers with buggies. As the new buses arrived, First revealed that it will improve the frequency of services between Broxburn and Edinburgh. From 6 October, customers will be able to catch a bus every ten minutes at peak times (at the moment First operates three buses an hour).
MD of First Scotland East, Paul McGowan, said, ‘Customers can expect to benefit from an improved service as a result of these new vehicles. Journeys will be more pleasant, more comfortable, smoother and passengers will be able to keep connected whilst on the move with our free wifi. In addition, as you would expect with any new vehicle, we will encounter much less faults and breakdowns. We’ve a range of exciting initiatives planned in the coming months for our West Lothian services, including the introduction of an improved frequency between Broxburn and Edinburgh. Our £3m investment in 18 new vehicles is a key part of our commitment to improve services and attract more people on to our buses.’