What a great turnout for out first meeting. It is good to see so many people prepared to get involved and do something to improve our local bus services.
There were lots of ideas for what the group should be doing, so we will try to filter these down into concise aims and ambitions for the group and report back here (you can be notified of any website updates by adding your email address to the box on the right). We have now got an acting chairman, Peter Armstrong who can be contacted on email@example.com and a membership secretary, Jill Thomson. Posts still to be filled are treasurer and representatives from the areas of East Linton, Dunbar, North Berwick and Haddington.
Peter will chair the next meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 1st February at Hallhill. Please come if you can, or if you can’t make it but would like to be involved, the email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list.
The new Timetables mean that there is no direct bus service available to Macmerry, Tranent, and Musselburgh from Dunbar between 9am to 6pm.
All Dunbar, West Barns, and East Linton Commuters who want to use bus service to go to Macmerry, Tranent, or Musselburgh need to change bus at Haddington and catch X44 or 44 serive from Haddington.
It’s really encouraging that so many local people in rural East Lothian have shown an interest in being a part of RELBUS. We now have 25 members.
Some major changes are planned for public transport in East Lothian which involve cutting some services and introducing new services but at the moment overall picture is not clear. We are trying to collect information from different sources. We know:
- First bus is cutting X8 service
- X6 will not serve Hallhill any more
- Eve’s Coaches are planning to launch new buses
- It is not yet clear whether the Gabalanzie and A1 services will stop or be modified
- Sestran is (still) planning to introduce Real Time Bus Information at East Lothian
East Lothian Council have defined their supported services and put these out to tender. These returns will be assessed and discussed with East Lothian Council’s administration.