Community set to fight bus changes in Linlithgow

The L1 bus timetable is being reduced after cuts released by West Lothian Council

The L1 bus timetable is being reduced after cuts released by West Lothian Council

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Bus passengers are up in arms about changes to vital bus services in the Linlithgow area.

Routes earmarked for change are the L1 and L31/32.

West Lothian Council needs to find £1.5 million of savings in 2016/17 and funds for public transport are being trimmed.

However, the new timetables which will see the L1 bus reduced to a hourly service between 9.30am and 3pm has left passengers feeling stranded.

Pamela Barnes, from Linlithgow, who is a regular user of the bus, said: “It will effect people from all walks of life. School children, parents, the elderly, everyone will suffer because of this change.”

The L31/32 service from Livingston to Bathgate via the town will operate from 6.44am to 23.14pm on an hourly basis, passing the leisure centre on the Bathgate to Linlithgow route.

A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “The council has prioritised £8.2 million in 2016/17 to support public transport, in addition, through good house-keeping the council has allocated a further £500,000 next year for public transport to mitigate the impact of the
savings.

“However, because of Scottish Government funding, £1.5 million of savings are needed in 2016/17.”

The new timetables will begin on April 1 across West Lothian.