News from 2015

8th December 2015

Our Christmas timetable for 2015

2nd November 2015

Cockenzie Power Station Demolition.
Due to road closures for further demolition work at Cockenzie Power Station on Wednesday 4th November our 110, 111 & 122 routes will be diverted between 13:00 and 1500.
We will be unable to serve the area highlighted in yellow and will use the section marked in red instead.
We apologise for the inconvenience.

26th October 2015


As we do every year our buses and coaches will be wearing a poppy in support of the great work that Poppy Scotland? carry out.
In addition to our usual donation any extra monies from the cash vaults on our service buses over the next 3 weeks will also be donated.
For many years we have put stickers on our coaches to show our support but after a suggestion from one of our drivers a few years ago we now make larger poppy's in house and fit these to all our fleet, with permission from Poppy Scotland.

8th October 2015

Identical Twins !!


Our second new Eco-Friendly bus entered service this afternoon on the 111 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary service. These two buses are the first of a new shorter 33 seat 'Low Carbon' model and were built to our specification by Alexander Dennis at their factory in Falkirk.
They produce 30% less greenhouse gases than a standard bus which as well as being washed with harvested rainwater means these are the most environmentally friendly buses in East Lothian. They are also fitted with FREE WiFi and usb charging points.
Passenger numbers continue to increase on the 111-122 services, way beyond or initial expectations, and we thank all those customers who are helping to make this route a great success.

1st October 2015

We had a great night at the routeONE magazine Operator Excellence Awards on the evening of 30th September. We didn't win our category of 'Small Fleet - Bus Operator of the Year' but had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Congratulations to worthy category winners Central Buses from Birmingham.

We were privalidged to have Mel Holley, the magazine's editor, at our table as well as some of our key suppliers. Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast did an excellent job as host with impressionist Jon Culshaw providing the after dinner entertainment.

It was unfortunate that some finalists couldn't be bothered to attend the awards, but we were delighted to support the event once again and to be finalists in one of the bus operator category's only 3 years after starting to run buses again.

24th September 2015

Cockenzie Power Station Demolition.
Due to road closures for the demolition of the chimneys at Cockenzie Power Station on Saturday 26th September our 110, 111 & 122 routes will be diverted until at least 13:00.
We will be unable to serve the area highlighted in yellow and will use the section marked in red instead.
We apologise for the inconvenience.

18th September 2015

Scottish Half Marathon Diversions.
Due to road closures for the Scottish Half marathon tomorrow between 10:00 and 15:00 our 110 and 111 routes will be diverted.
The 110 will be unable to serve the area highlighted in yellow between 10:00 and 15:00 and will use the section marked in red instead.
The 111 will be unable to serve section of the route highlighted in yellow and will use the sections in red instead.
We apologise for the inconvenience.

7th September 2015

From Monday 7th September the 111 also connects with the new Borders Railway


The new Shawfair Station is directly behind Newton Village and is only a short walk from the bus stops which we already use to serve the village. We've changed our online timetable and Zone Map to reflect this new interchange option and will update paper copies at the next print run.

12th August 2015

East Lothian Council have issued this extremely positive press release about the improvements to the 111 bus service and changes to the 110 and 122 routes.

There are some great comments from Councillor Michael Veitch describing the increase in passenger numbers on the 111 as 'incredible' and congratulating us on being a finalist in the 'Small Fleet - Bus Operator of the Year' category at this years Route One Operator Excellence Awards.

The press release can be viewed here - East Lothian Council Press Release

4th August 2015

Changes to our Bus Services

From Monday 17th August there will be an improved timetable on the 111- 122 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary service.
Please be aware that from that date the 111 will no longer serve Wallyford Park & Ride (Highlighted in red) but use Salters Road instead. We will also start to serve Queen Margaret University on most journey's from that date, both new sections are highlighted in yellow
See the maps below for the way the bus will travel at both points.

20th July 2015

Changes to our Bus Services

From Monday 17th August there will be an improved timetable on the 111- 122 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary service.

The number of daily journeys will increase to 9 per day, including a new journey which arrives at the ERI just before 9:00 for staff and patients with early appointments.
In addition most journeys will also service Queen Margaret University, the first time there has been a direct link from most of East Lothian to the campus.
We constantly log comments and suggestions from passengers about how to improve our routes and in this case also carried out an email survey of NHS staff with the help of staff already using the route. We then collated these ideas as to how to improve the routes and identified where we could make improvements to encourage more passengers to use them.
Although we have only been operating these routes for a few months the fact that they are already exceeding our expectations and that passenger numbers are rising on a weekly basis we have taken the decision to increase the frequency of the 111 route with the addition of another bus dedicated to the route.
We will also merge most of the 122 sections of the route with some journeys on our 110 service which will allow even more communities to link into the route. By adjusting the Sunday timetable on the 110 route we will provide one 111 journey, starting at Port Seton, to and from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary which will allow a reasonable time for visiting on a Sunday afternoon.
All of these improvements to the routes are being carried out at no additional cost whatsoever to East Lothian Council.

Click the links below for more information
110 - 122 Haddington & Elphinstone to Port Seton New Timetable from 17th August 2015
111 - 122 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary New Timetable from 17th August 2015

16th July 2015

We're extremely proud that for an unprecedented 5th year in a row we're finalists in the routeONE magazine Awards. This year we're one of 5 finalists in the 'Small Fleet - Bus Operator of the Year' category.

We previously were Winners in both 2012 & 2013 of the 'Small/Medium Coach Operator of the Year' award.

20th July 2015

Changes to our Bus Services

From Monday 17th August there will be an improved timetable on the 111- 122 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary service.

The number of daily journeys will increase to 9 per day, including a new journey which arrives at the ERI just before 9:00 for staff and patients with early appointments.
In addition most journeys will also service Queen Margaret University, the first time there has been a direct link from most of East Lothian to the campus.
We constantly log comments and suggestions from passengers about how to improve our routes and in this case also carried out an email survey of NHS staff with the help of staff already using the route. We then collated these ideas as to how to improve the routes and identified where we could make improvements to encourage more passengers to use them.
Although we have only been operating these routes for a few months the fact that they are already exceeding our expectations and that passenger numbers are rising on a weekly basis we have taken the decision to increase the frequency of the 111 route with the addition of another bus dedicated to the route.
We will also merge most of the 122 sections of the route with some journeys on our 110 service which will allow even more communities to link into the route. By adjusting the Sunday timetable on the 110 route we will provide one 111 journey, starting at Port Seton, to and from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary which will allow a reasonable time for visiting on a Sunday afternoon.
All of these improvements to the routes are being carried out at no additional cost whatsoever to East Lothian Council.

Click the links below for more information
110 - 122 Haddington & Elphinstone to Port Seton New Timetable from 17th August 2015
111 - 122 Connecting East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary New Timetable from 17th August 2015

16th July 2015

We're extremely proud that for an unprecedented 5th year in a row we're finalists in the routeONE magazine Awards. This year we're one of 5 finalists in the 'Small Fleet - Bus Operator of the Year' category.

We previously were Winners in both 2012 & 2013 of the 'Small/Medium Coach Operator of the Year' award.

24th June 2015

Haddington Show 2015 - Saturday 27th June

We will once again be running free shuttle buses between both Haddington & North Berwick Rail Station to the new show location at East Fortune.
Please be aware that due to changes to the access for the show passengers will need to buy entry tickets from the driver when boarding the bus. This will speed up entry to the show and allow the buses to turn around quicker.
Entry costs 10.00 per Adult, 5.00 for a child (6 to 16) and 25.00 for a Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Click the link above for timetable details.

12th June 2015

We were delighted to attend the 'Family Business of the Year' awards at the May Fair Hotel in London last night.
We were finalists in both the 'Scottish Family Business of the Year' and 'Transport Family Business of the Year'. We didn't win either category but had a great evening.

29th May 2015

Due to road closures for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 31st May the 110 service will be unable to serve the roads in Prestopans highlighted in yellow on the map below.
It will still be able to access Port Seton but via the B6371 from Meadowmill and travelling in an anti-clockwise loop as shown in red on the map.

25th May 2015

We are delighted that Struan Ritchie, who we help to sponsor, won his class and was British Champion at the Four Nations Karate Championships which were held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.

24th May 2015

There will be some changes to the bus stops at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from Monday 25th May 2015. We will still be stopping at exactly the same stop as before but it is now numbered IN, it was previously IF.

6th May 2015

We've made a few ammendments to our Zone and Fair Map as we've a few questions about the route the 111 takes through Longniddry. It uses Links Road, Kings Road and Kings Avenue to travel between Longniddry and Seton Sands. After some discussions with customers we've also reduced fares from Seton Sands and Port Seton.

5th May 2015

We are proud to have supported East Coast FM for some years, originally on the internet and for over two years now on 107.6 FM.

We have just commissioned an advert to promote our new 111 - 122 bus services and it went live on air today. To listen to the advert click below.

We have sponsored the 'School Bell' show, which is presented by a different High School each weekday evening between 6 pm and 8 pm, since 2011 and 'Afternoon Live' which is on Saturday between 2 pm & 4 pm since 2013

4th May 2015

Today marks the start of the new 111 - 122 services connecting East Lothian with Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Full details of the new services can be found here

2nd May 2015

Today is the last day we will be running the 121 Haddington North Berwick and 123 Gifford Circle routes due to contract changes by East Lothian Council
We would like to thank all our passengers for their support over the years we have ran these services. The 110 route is unchanged.

24th April 2015

As we know all NHS Lothian staff do a fantastic job we will be offering them a discounted 10 Journey ticket on our new 111-122 routes which will serve Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from 4th May.
All an NHS employee needs to do to get a discounted ticket is show our drivers their staff pass. More information is available here

21st April 2015

One year ago today we started to operate the 110 service between New Winton and Prestonpans.
By providing modern reliable buses with friendly helpful drivers and extending the route to serve the Lidl store in the town as well as Cockenzie & Port Seton the result has been that passenger numbers are now around 40% higher than this time last year!!!

20th March 2015

111 - 122 Connecting East Lothian with Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

As we believe in keeping our passengers as informed as we possibly can we're delighted that we are able to publish the timetable for our forthcoming new routes to the Royal Infirmary.
The service not only links East Lothian to the ERI but also the villages and towns along the route to three supermarkets and several health centres.
We'll be distributing the timetable to Council offices, libraries and shops along the routes in the next few day or you can download a timetable here

12th March 2015

We will once again be running free shuttle buses to Haddington Show on Saturday 27th JUne. They will run between both Haddington & North Berwick Rail Station to the new show location at East Fortune.
For more information about the show visit the Haddington Show website. The click below for the shuttle bus timetable

Haddington Show 2015 - Saturday 27th June

4th March 2015

Changes to our Bus Service routes

It is with extreme disappointment that we have to announce that we will cease to operate the 121 Haddington to North Berwick and 123 Gifford Circle routes on Saturday 2nd May 2015.
This follows the recent supported bus service tender by East Lothian Council who have awarded the routes to another operator. Having won these routes at short notice in the spring of 2012 following the withdrawal of First Group we are proud to have restored passenger confidence in both routes and we have consequently seen passenger numbers and satisfaction rise as a result.
We were delighted when passenger numbers returned to the levels we had experienced prior to First Group taking over the 123 in 2011 within a few weeks. It took longer for the 121 to increase passengers but numbers are now 32% higher than when we took the route over in July 2012. We had hoped that these factors, which meant we were able to reduce our tender price, would have helped us retain these contracts.
East Lothian Council have asked us to inform passengers that the existing timetables will be unchanged on both routes when the new operator takes over on Monday 4th May.
The 110 New Winton to Port Seton route is unaffected and we will continue to operate that route as normal. We are however pleased to have been awarded two new routes which will provide access to The Royal Infirmary from all over East Lothian for workers, patients and visitors. We will publish the timetables for these new routes once they have been approved by the Scottish Traffic Commissioner.
We would like to thank all passengers for the continued support they have shown us over the years.

12th February 2015

We're ECOSTARS !!

Following an exhaustive survey of our vehicles, fuel usage and other environmental practices we're delighted to announce that we have just joined the Edinburgh ECOSTARS accreditation scheme having been awarded a 4 Star rating, out of a possible 5.

For much more information please visit the Edinburgh Ecostars website.

17th January 2015

The 110 service has now returned to its normal route as Alder Road in Port Seton was opened this morning.

10th January 2015

110 Route diversion until Friday 16th January
Due to the continued closure of Alder Road for Scottish Power works the 110 will be unable to serve the sections highlighted in red on the map below.
We apologise for any inconvenience to our passengers. As soon as the road is open the route will revert to normal operation.

3rd January 2015

110 Route diversion from Monday 5th January to Friday 9th January
Due to the closure of Alder Road for Scottish Power works the 110 will be unable to serve the sections highlighted in red on the map below.
We apologise for any inconvenience to our passengers. As soon as the road is open the route will revert to normal operation.

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