Bus times reshuffle imminent

First Bus ran into some difficulties at the start of the year
First Bus ran into some difficulties at the start of the year
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BUS travellers need to get on board with timetable changes rolling into place next month.

West Lothian Council currently subsidises around 20 per cent of the total bus network in the region, costing around £2.2m a year, and say service changes will be more cost effective.

Linlithgow Town Service has been revised so that it remains half hourly but will arrive in the town centre 10 minutes later than previously. Between South Queensferry and Winchburgh, the service 7 will be streamlined as the route is served by service 651.

A West Lothian council spokesman said: “The timetable of the Linlithgow town service has been changed slightly to connect better with bus and train connections.

A number of services remain unchanged except for a new number and operator. These include service A1 which will become service 7 operated by Blue Bus; service 474 will become service 23 operated by E and M Horsburgh; and service 450 will become service 50 operated by E and M Horsburgh.

From October 1, minor timetable changes, a new service number or a different bus operator for many services will come into effect, and more route changes will be made on Monday, October 29.

The council spokesman added: “All of the main links between West Lothian towns have been maintained and, in some cases, enhanced. This competitive tendering process aims to ensure we get the best value for the public money we invest, allowing us to continue to provide essential bus services in the future.”

Timetables will be available online via the council’s website and at Customer Information service centres. Information will also be available via Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33 or at www.travelinescotland.com