Lothian Country announces phase two of West Lothian expansion

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Lothian Country’s plan to commence phase two of the West Lothian expansion will see 21 new jobs created in the area and two new routes 

A fleet of double-deck vehicles in Lothian Country’s green and cream livery have been sourced for use on the services. RICHARD WALTER

Lothian Country has announced that customers in West Lothian are to receive a further two new routes from Sunday 30 September.

Service 280 will connect Blackridge and Armadale with Bathgate, Livingston North, Eliburn, St John’s Hospital, West Lothian College and Livingston Centre, seven days a week.

Meanwhile, service 287 will connect Bathgate, Blackburn, Seafield, Eliburn, St John’s Hospital, Howden and Livingston Centre, seven days a week.

As a result of these new services, a further 21 new jobs will be created.

A fleet of refurbished ex-Metroline Wrightbus Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLS in Lothian Country’s green and cream livery have been sourced for use on these services fitted with USB charging points and WiFi.

Nigel Serafini, Commercial Director, Lothian Country said: “As a socially responsible operator, we know that providing lifeline connections for residents and commuters is vital.

“We are excited to already be able to further enhance our operations in the West Lothian area and are delighted to introduce these new services further expanding our network.

“We look forward to welcoming our first customers on-board this Sunday.”

Vice Chair of West Lothian Council’s Development and Transport Policy and Development Scrutiny Panel, Councillor David Dodds, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lothian Country to West Lothian.

“It’s great to see a new operator enter the commercial bus network in West Lothian, offering increasing choice for local bus users in one of the fastest growing areas in Scotland.”

Lothian Country began operation in West Lothian on Sunday 19 August.