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Every Little Helps as Vital City Bus Service Restored

posted 24 Jul 2009, 16:11 by myEdinburgh Admin
A valuable city bus service is to be restored and extended thanks to funding support from the City of Edinburgh Council and Tesco plc.

On commencing service on 27th July, the number 20 bus will re-establish previous links between the Calders Estate, Wester Hailes, Clovenstone, and Kingsknowe. New links between Kingsknowe, the Calders Estate and Sighthill Industrial Estate will be provided as well as links to the newly-opened Tesco and B&Q stores at Hermiston Gait.

The Transport, Infrastructure and Environmental Committee, which meets on Tuesday, is expected to approve funding support to operator Lothian Buses of £125,632 per year, £25,000 of which will be provided by Tesco plc.

Local access to retail centres will greatly improve, and 3,400 people will have a service closer to their homes than is currently possible.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: "We are delighted to work with Lothian Buses and the Council to help maintain a service that not only helps shoppers, but is also important to the community as a whole."

Transport Convener, Cllr Gordon Mackenzie, added: "The council currently invests in the region of £1.5m per year on supporting bus services, but this pot is, of course, finite.

"Thousands of local residents stand to benefit from this significant addition to the bus network and Tesco plc is to be commended for its commitment."

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council