Bus changes set to arrive in Midlothian

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Lothian Buses are making changes to some of their timetables next month, including to some Midlothian routes.

Various alterations will be introduced across the network from April 23, including changes to frequencies on Saturday and Sunday services, as well as route extensions to serve key destinations such as the Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh Park and Gyle Shopping Centre.

The number three bus will be re-routed to serve Bonnyrigg Road and the A7 in both directions to give better coverage of Eskbank. And two buses per hour during the day on Mondays to Fridays will be re-routed to serve Dalkeith Campus instead of Mayfield, to partly replace the 49. Mayfield will instead benefit from the 33 being re-routed around the Mayfield loop.

The 15/X15 service will now operate between Penicuik and Lochend. And, as announced in last week’s Advertiser, the number 49 bus service, serving Bonnyrigg, Poltonhall and Rosewell, will be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday instead of its current every half hour frequency.

As well as the revised timetables, Lothian Buses is to create 45 new driver posts and will take on 10 new apprentice engineers to help meet growing demand.

Richard Hall, managing director at Lothian Buses, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand on our smart, efficient network to provide more vital links for our customers across the city and beyond, while announcing further investment in recruitment and maintaining our current fare structure.

“Responding to customer feedback, we have adapted routes to improve network choices for customers and are in no doubt that these changes will be to the benefit of our economy and the local communities we serve.

“We are excited to grow our business further and are sure that our customers will benefit greatly from the changes introduced.”