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The frontline of Edinburgh's transport network = )
Lothian Buses Edinburgh
Member Name: ElykTh
Lothian Buses Edinburgh
Advantages: Dependable, cheap, efficient
Disadvantages: Doesn't stop at your front door - unless you're really lucky.
Having lived in Edinburgh for the last seven years now and in various parts of it I have become a regular customer on the Lothian bus service.
I can't say I'm pleased about the plans to slim down on the bus service when the tram service starts but if the price is the same as the bus (no chance) and it is as we are all being told a more enviromentally freindly method of transportation then I can forgive the delays and problems we are experiencing at them moment.
The bus service is usually clean but occasionally there will be some moron who has vomitted copiously and no one will have mentioned it to the driver. Furthermore there are always Metros left lying around for some poor cleaner to have to deal with (I tend to appreciate the odd one or two to be honest because it means I get a read myself). This kind of uncleanliness is down to public ignorance however. If there are any problems with your satisfaction all the drivers can radio for a cleaner to come out and meet their bus on route to have it cleaned!
If the drivers don't know of problems they can't do anything so by all means inform them. The drivers themselves are typically get the job done type folks (78%) with a proportionate minority of equal good and bad (6%) as well as amazing and terrible (6%), characters thrown in.
The security on the buses is really good with cameras recording on most buses over a loop and dummy cameras on the older buses.
The bus route system is very extensive and while I wouldn't like to comment on the full measure and range of stops the website for Edinburgh lothian buses is fuly comprehensive. This combined with the website Mybustracker.com and you can plan your Lothian journey to the minute using a PC or better still an e phone.
The service is unquestionably the best available in Edinburgh short of getting a free lift, walking, cycling or perhaps using some form of scooter. At £1.20 (70p child) for a single route journey and £3.00 (2.40 child) a day saver it may not be as cheap as three years ago but it's still pretty good.
All in all - where would we be without it?
All the best,
Summary: Recommended for all = )