South Queensferry to Edinburgh Stagecoach bus link axed

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Commuters face being left without a “lifeline” service as South Queensferry’s only direct bus link to Edinburgh has been axed.

Stagecoach East Scotland buses, which took over from First UK Buses three years ago, has announced that the 40/40A/40B route will no longer operate from June 5, leaving many residents struggling to get to their work, visit friends or go shopping.

The bus company has said a “significant fall in demand” from customers in South Queensferry made it no longer financially viable.

The announcement has left many in the area concerned about the uncertainty with dozens of residents commenting on social media.

Nathalie Black (22) Atheling Grove, works at a bakery in the West End of Edinburgh, said: I do not know how I’m going to get to work. When I saw the news I was angry and annoyed. There was no warning for anybody especially since they’ve just put up the fares.

“I don’t drive so the only way I could get through is the train but it is a lot more expensive and full by the time it reaches Dalmeny.”

The Queensferry and District Community Council said the decision didn’t come as a total surprise but that “it’s a vital service and lifeline for so many people.”

On Thursday, the transport convener Leslie Hinds said City of Edinburgh Council held “constructive talks” with Lothian Buses over taking up the route, and are looking at exploring ways to improve journey times and make services reliable and efficient as possible.

She adds that Lothian Buses have agreed to come back to them in two to three weeks with an answer.

She said: ”As a Council, we understand that these are very important routes and services and we appreciate how important it is for the residents of these areas to see the continuation of bus services.”