Commuters’ joy as bus service starts

Lothian Buses start new 63 service to Queensferry.
Lothian Buses start new 63 service to Queensferry.

Lothian Buses are set to begin offering a brand new service to Queensferry and Kirkliston residents for the first time in more than 25 years.

Commuters will be able to hop on board the number 63 service in South Queensferry and travel to Hermiston Gait for the price of a standard fare of £1.50.

Passengers will also be able to use Edinburgh Trams daycards or ridacards allowing them the choice of then jumping on a tram to York Place for £3.50.

The cost of implementing the new seven-day service is being met by using £100,000 paid by builders from the North Kirkliston housing development.

South Queensferry community council chairman, Terry Airlie, said: “There are a lot of commuters living in South Queensferry and with 400 homes to be built in the coming seven years this will only increase.

“Access to the tram network with a shared fare structure is a real bonus.

“However, we would like to see more detail of the proposal before giving it our unreserved support.”

City transport convenor and councillor, Lesley Hinds, said: “The residents of South Queensferry and Kirkliston have for many years sought a service to their communities by Lothian Buses, so I’m glad that we have been able to agree this competitive bid, made possible by the council’s £1.2m subsidised bus fund.

“The Lothian Buses service will now offer them connections to the rest of Edinburgh, as well as a Sunday service, giving local people the same provision as the rest of the city’s residents.”