new bus service to rival first

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Bus users are set to benefit when operator Stagecoach launches a new city centre service in March.

Bus users are set to benefit when operator Stagecoach launches a new city centre service in March.

The new 40/40A service will operate every 10 minutes during peak hours, 15 minutes throughout the day and 30 minutes at night, Monday to Saturday. The Sunday service will run every 30 minutes.

The 40 route from Edinburgh will run along the A90 to Echline, Hopetoun Road, The Loan, Scotstoun, Tesco, Kirkliston Road, Station Road and Dalmeny. The 40A service runs in the opposite direction.

Fares have not yet been released but will be competitive to those of rivals First.

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We’re delighted to be introducing our new 40 service to the residents and visitors of Queensferry. We have carefully designed the new route to offer speedy journeys to the city centre whilst also providing local links to the High Street and Tesco. We have been very successful in growing the number of customers choosing to use our services into Edinburgh from Fife and strongly believe that there is significant scope in this area to attract many more people out of their cars and on to our greener, smarter services.”

Mr Jarvis added: “We are working on competitive multi journey ticket prices too, so that commuters, families, kids and students enjoy great value travel. Further details will be announced in due course.”

Other timetable changes to occur on the March 3 will include the introduction of some peak time journeys between Dunfermline and Queensferry, daily on route 55A.

Almond councillor Norman Work welcomed the new service saying: “This is good news for Queensferry and Dalmeny and I look forward to using the new Stagecoach service and welcome its introduction. This new service will give more choice to Queensferry residents and will be a serious contender to First Bus as I have been receiving an increase level of complaints lately as First have not been giving the level of service expected especially since they moved their operations to Livingston. I am also keen to hear about the ticket systems and offers which will link up with other new and existing Stagecoach services which again offers more choice to residents.”

Grant Sangster, spokesman for Queensferry Community Council also welcomed the news, saying: ‘‘We don’t know the full details yet but this commercial initiative may offer an attractive alternative for some bus users.

‘‘Various operators have tried to run services in the past, however the only remaining commercially sustainable routes through Queensferry are the 43 and 651.’’

The timetable for the new route will be available soon to download from, using the drop down timetable list.