Residents annoyed by Winchburgh bus route

Changes to the 38 service means residents of Whinchburgh can't have a late Sunday night in Edinburgh
Changes to the 38 service means residents of Whinchburgh can't have a late Sunday night in Edinburgh
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Bus users in Winchburgh are unhappy at recent changes to the First Bus schedule, limiting their time in the capital.

The route, formerly known as the X38, has been revised, giving the residents of Winchburgh less opportunity of a late night in Edinburgh.

Bruce Henderson (73), from Winchburgh, said: “Once again the public have been deprived of a last bus service from Edinburgh to Winchburgh.”

The new 38 timetable shows that only on a Friday and a Saturday does the bus offer a 23:30 service - no longer can travellers get that late bus on a Sunday.

The retired Edinburgh Council worker said: “First Bus is failing to provide an adequate bus service.”

First Bus has increased the daytime running of the service from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes.

Winchburgh is currently undergoing big changes, with 3000 new homes and a new village centre being built. A promise has also been made to reopen the rail station by 2018, giving the community far greater accessibility, but some feel the First Bus timetable is not up to scratch.

Bruce said: “I have been out with friends on a Sunday and had to leave early purely because of the lack of bus services.”

The ex-Edinburgh resident believes that the 22 service to Whitburn could be the answer to the problem.

Bruce said: “A service travels to Whitburn at 23:24, Why could this not be directed through Kirkliston and then Winchburgh and back to Broxburn?”