Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on Lothian Buses to re-think its plans to terminate their last service to hospitals.
With already no direct bus link to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from the south end of Mayfield, plans to divert the 29 service to Gorebridge from March 29 will end the community’s direct public transport link with the Western General and Midlothian Community hospitals, as well as the soon to be re-opened Borders Railway.
Local resident Lynne Pryde set-up a petition to stop the plans to stop the eight buses that serve Mayfield five days a week during peak times.
She said: “People use the 29 for the Western and the community hospital, and for working in Edinburgh. It also serves the local college as well.
“It seems crazy that they are going to take off a bus service that people do use and re-route it to somewhere that’s already well served.
“They are cutting this to save however many pounds, but they don’t think about the human value of this bus service and how it will affect the community here. It’s just money to them.”
Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg said: “I take my hat off to Lynne, it’s great that she has set up the petition, trying to save a vital service for the community.”
Petition - www.change.org/p/lothian-buses-keep-the-29-mayfield-bus-service
A spokesman for Lothian Buses said: “After a review of the Mayfield journeys on service 29, we found that passenger usage was actually very low. “By switching all journeys to operate to and from Gorebridge at peak times we are able to better accommodate the increase in passenger demand in this area.”
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