Network review for Lothiancountry

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Lothiancountry has announced a network change in West Lothian from 17 November, which it says will offer even more connections and better links into Edinburgh’s city centre, to encourage more people out of their cars. The changes follow an in-depth and thorough customer analysis, along with on-board customer feedback surveys and wider consultation with the community and stakeholders.

There will be an expanded and more frequent X27/X28 with new links and faster journeys. Lothiancountry will also introduce a new Service X38 from Linlithgow to Edinburgh, serving Winchburgh, Kirkliston, Ratho Station and Corstorphine, operating up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on a Sunday. The service will use high quality low-emission Euro VI vehicles, reducing emissions and offering an enhanced customer experience.

A new Sunday service will be introduced on the X17 route, as well as a later journey Monday-Saturday between Edinburgh and Fauldhouse. Service 287 will now serve Livingston Village, offering direct links to St John’s Hospital, Livingston Centre and Bathgate.

Lothian’s Commercial Director Nigel Serafini said: “Following customer feedback and route analysis, we are delighted to introduce changes to our current network to better serve the local community of West Lothian. Following years of requests from a wide range of our customers and stakeholders, the introduction of a new X38 service will offer regular journeys from Linlithgow to Edinburgh, serving other key areas along the route, in particular giving residents in Kirkliston a long-awaited Lothian-operated service to and from the city centre.

“This network change will provide a comprehensive and reliable service for all of our customers who use our services locally, as well as for commuters travelling to and from Edinburgh city centre increasing the options for travel whilst reducing car use and making our city a better and cleaner place to be.”

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “Any measures that promote the use of public transport by increasing choice and frequency are to be welcomed. In particular, I welcome the enhanced level of service that this will bring to residents of Kirkliston and west Edinburgh. That these buses are low-emission Euro VI vehicles, which will limit their impact on the environment, is particularly encouraging.”