UK Bus Awards 2018
We're absolutely delighted to have won the Silver award in the Top Independent Operator category at this years UK Bus Awards. The announcement was made on Tuesday 2oth November at The Troxy, a restored art deco cinema, in London.
This award is testament to the hard work and dedication that every member of our team puts in every day to ensure we provide East Lothian with the quality bus services that the travelling public deserve.
We previously won the Silver award last year and the Gold award in 2016 in the same category at our industries premier awards showing an unrivalled level of consistency.
The judges commented "Prentice Coaches bus services have expanded considerably in recent years to the point where the company plays a vital role in it's county's transport infrastructure. Prentice is a forward thinking innovative company that believes in running modern eco-friendly buses, using state of the art ticketing equipment, kept in immaculate condition, and coupled with an old fashioned customer care ethos delivered by staff who take immense pride in delivering 21st century transport to their community."
Our Bus Fares are changing
Most fares will increase by 10p from Monday 29 October.
This is our first fare increase since May 2015 and ever increasing costs mean we have to increase our bus fares. In the last 3 years our fuel costs alone have increased by over 20%
The current 1.50 fare will increase to 1.60 which is an increase of less than 7% whilst our highest fare of 3.50 will increase by 3% to 3.60
118 - A new bus route for East Lothian
We are delighted to announce that we are launching a brand new route on Monday 29th October. The 118 will provide a direct connection from Longniddry, Seton Sands, Port Seton & Prestonpans to Fort Kinnaird retail park.
It will also provide a new link along Macbeth Moir Road and Pinkie Road to the retail park as well as replacing the soon to be withdrawn Tesco T2 service between The Loan in Wallyford and the Musselburgh Store.
Timetables and online information will be available soon.
Contactless payments on the 111
No Change? No Problem!
From tomorrow morning contactless payments can be made on our 111 service which connects East Lothian to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
We introduced contactless on our 108 service to Fort Kinnaird 3 weeks ago, the first route in East Lothian to do so, and it's proving Increasingly popular with our passengers. We accept all Visa and MasterCards as well as both Apple and Google Pay.
We have exciting news!!
From tomorrow morning, Monday 23rd July, passengers using our 108 Haddington to Fort Kinnaird service will be able to pay using contactless. Our new head of marketing, Tam the Ram, has been helping test the system.
Green Ticks Certification
We were delighted to be sent our Green Ticks accreditation certificate by Bright Green Business today.
We take our environmental impact very seriously, running the latest Eco-friendly buses, using harvested rainwater to wash our fleet amongst many other initiatives.
We're extremely proud to be helping promote this years Haddington 700, which celebrates the 700th anniversary of the signing of a charter by King Robert the Bruce.
Look out for one of our 108 buses adorned with the logo and 'Robert the Bruce'