Changes to city bus link

070813  First bus, X19 bus service in boness.
070813 First bus, X19 bus service in boness.

TRAVELLING woes could be on the cards for Bo’ness residents with planned changes in the X19 Edinburgh service.

The changes will be implemented on Monday, August 19, but there are fears the new services will fall short of what is needed.

From August 19, the service will be run by Prentice Westwood.

The X19 commuter services will commence at Falkirk travelling via Bo’ness into the capital.

Non-peak services will run from Bo’ness and also terminate there.

Passengers who reside on the west side of Bo’ness will require to catch connecting buses for which timetables are now available on the Travellers Scotland website.

Anne Travers, who co-ordinated a campaign to save the X19 service last year, said that the times seem to be much the same as before but advises passengers to check them out for themselves.

Changes to the 45/46 service will also affect Bo’ness residents.

Anne has some reservations about the effect of the changes, not least the probable increased costs.

She explained: “For the 45/46 services the last bus from Linlithgow will be 5.45pm with no buses running on a Sunday – at least that is what it looks like to me from the timetables.

“For Bo’ness residents who don’t have a car and want to travel by bus, the only access after 5.45pm and on a Sunday is via Grangemouth and Falkirk. For a town the size of Bo’ness, this is pretty incredible.

“People who work in Edinburgh on a Sunday will have to take a taxi, train and bus and now an additional taxi which will cost approximately £20 for one day’s travel to work!”

When First Bus announced in August last year the X19 service was to be axed Anne led the protests.

In February this year Falkirk Councill came up with funding to keep the X19 running following a review.

Their report highlighted the need for the service, saying the loss of a through link to Edinburgh would bring substantial inconvenience.

At that time, Anne praised the council for the provision of funding, saying that, although the changes made may bring some inconvenience, Bo’ness residents would have the service.

She is now advising people who travel by bus to check out the timetables.