Lothian Buses and ECB Discussion

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  1. overthewater

    overthewater Established Member

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    It seems someone people may like this thread, hopeful others can fill it out.

    Service changes:

    A number of changes are planned for 3th September. Its unclear what there are but its been suggested its linked to the closure of Leith walk.


    Fleet

    New Gemini 3 / B5TL have entered service with 30 appearing it seems.


    Strikes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40753597

     
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  3. Blindtraveler

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    Good thread. Might be better renamed as Lothian Buses Discussion though, as the thread starter could you maybe do this OTW?

    I am quite frankly amazed we have gone this long without industrial action given that from my pure and simple observations as a passenger its not a happy ship just now.


    Also for the tridant fans, there will only be around 20 or 30 left in service very soon and how long they last is unknown. Also all the former Airlink Scanias are up for sale, 2 having already gone to Bay Travel.

    New vehicles entering traffic on airlink today, without leather seats! IMO the spec for these isnt as good as the last 2 fleats as no tables iether. However they are sporting new ticket machines with contactless payment which if successful will be launched fleat wide.
     
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    Alot of people dislike the leather because on hot days with the glass roof the seats where hot and on cold days the seats were cold. Its believe around 70 new buses are appearing over this financial year, poor old Glasgow...
     
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    Remember through Lothian is still in public hands. If First hadn't of came along in 1998 when they bought out Strathclyde and Kelvin (seeing as Strathclyde itself purchased Kelvin not long before), who knows what the GGPTE at that time could have done.
     
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    Not only that but apart from a handful of B5 and B5 Hybrid there had been a good couple years without any decker deliveries in Edinburgh which was perhaps a tad unusual for Lothian.
     
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    I think you mean Leith Street (ie from the East End of Princes Street to Picardly Place), which is being closed for 10 months from September whilst the St James Centre is redeveloped.

    I guess buses will have to be diverted via York Place and St Andrew Square, although some from the East may be diverted via Regent Road.
     
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    Correct on all counts I understand. More conjestion in the town like we dont already have enough!
     
  9. Bungle965

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    I think the new Airlink livery looks nicer than the one that the 15-reg buses replaced but apart from that I don't think there has been much improvement.
    Note that their website is still advertising the buses as having
    https://lothianbuses.co.uk/airport
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    Plans for the Leith Street diversions have been published. I don't know if that is the last word.

    Basically:

    Everything from the east goes via Regent Place, nothing via London Road
    Leith Walk to Bridges goes via London Road and Regent Place
    Leith Walk to Princes Street goes via York Place

    Abbeyhill should be fun.
     
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    Apparently going to be the new 35s. Hopping they don't start charging more to go for the airport though. Good to have a bus that doesn't cost a lot to get there.


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-40866842
    A Copy of this is in the Edinburgh Tram thread, the link is here for ref:

    If I was Lothian buses, I would start looking at new bus routes if this get the go ahead, Since it would affect the 22 and 25, plus the 10 and 16.

    Personnel I would start looking for other ideas and route to complement the trams were trying to get new customers, with the amount of traffic that wouldnt be to hard.
     
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    https://lothianbuses.co.uk/news/article/doors-open-day-is-back1
     
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    After giving in to the inevitable and introducing electronic destination displays, have Lothian now giving in even further and dropped their non standard layout? I see the latest buses just have ultimate destination and number all on one line. Does this mean they can't show 'Part Route' and all that sort of stuff anymore?
     
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    Im sure the DDA rules outlawed that?
     
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    Nope, just the destination and route number. No "Part Route/Limited Stop/Park & Ride/Night Bus" additional info. Even the "N" on the night buses is now plain white.
     
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    I notice some of the presidents have three parts, the ultimate destination and number have been upgraded to electronic, but the via points is still a blind.
     
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    Details about the service changes:

    https://lothianbuses.co.uk/news/article/Changes-to-bus-services

     
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    Pictures have emerged of the ex-Airlink buses being debranded and having their destination blinds removed.
    https://flic.kr/p/XeCUNL
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    Am assuming that they'll be helping with the continued displacement of the Tridents once repainted/reallocated; or for something else altogether? Apologies, as I'm not totally up to speed with the changes/movements in Lothian's fleet right now lol
     
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    There are new single deckers coming also, pictured in Northern Ireland on test are the new Wright StreetAir which have the revised front end (the same as the new single deckers that East Coast Buses have).
    They certainly look.... interesting.
    https://flic.kr/p/XuHNvC
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    Indeed they do. Not the ugliest bus I've ever seen, but not all that good-looking either. Any ideas as what service they're for?
     
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    Yes I'm sure they will divide opinion, I'm unsure on they services they will be used on I'm afraid, however I'm sure that some more knowledgeable people will.
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    Indeed they will (and have, by the looks of the comments I've already seen). Ah, no worries. Am sure that someone in the know will tell us soon enough. :)
     
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    At least they're not more of the horrid single decker Volvo hybrid buses. I hate them so much. The east coast buses are really nice and comfy so good they're getting some of them.


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    The link postage above now has links to timetables.
     
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    News flash: just popped up on the TC: looks like the 35 is getting replaced. Some people were too stuck up to accept it .

    PM0000002/45 Registered
    LOTHIAN BUSES LIMITED
    Route: Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh, Ocean Terminal via Royal Bank Of Scotland Gogar, Longstone, Slateford Station, Fountainbridge, Forrest Road, Holyrood, foot of Easter Road, (foot)
    Service number: 300
    Service type: Normal Stopping
    Effective date: 01 Oct 2017
     
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