Joy at return of Midlothian bus service

Elizabeth Bryce, Newton Village succes after bus route has been re-instated.
Elizabeth Bryce, Newton Village succes after bus route has been re-instated.

Villages in Midlothian left cut off after a lifeline bus service was axed are celebrating the news it has been replaced.

Around 1600 people signed a petition protesting against the cancellation of the 308/328/408 service, which left the communities of Cousland, Newton Village and Hilltown with no bus links to Musselburgh or the ERI, while Millerhill was left with no service at all.

The service, which was axed in April, was operated by Munro’s of Jedburgh and subsidised by East Lothian and Midlothian councils.

The replacement First 228 service will operate almost hourly six days a week between Musselburgh, Old Craighall, Millerhill, Newton Village, Hilltown and the ERI.

Newton Village resident Elizabeth Bryce put together a petition calling for the 308 and 408 services to be saved.

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