Lothian Buses is putting the pandemic years in its rear view mirror and is focused on growth and a phased move to zero-emission vehicles, as ALAN MILLAR learns from its recently appointed managing director

In preparation for the extension of tram services to Leith and Newhaven, late night test operation began in March, as here at Ocean Terminal in Leith. Alongside one of the 27 trams is 567 (SA15 VUT), a Volvo B5LH hybrid with Wright Gemini 3 body, on route 34 to Heriot-Watt University in the west of Edinburgh. It follows a different route into the city centre from the tram line, but some other services may be altered when trams start carrying passengers.

In a city with high public transport use, Edinburgh’s residents and elected politicians have a sense of ownership of Lothian Buses, which ranges from civic pride to high expectations and overt criticism.

Those citizen stakeholders should be cheered to know that its newly refreshed management team has an ambitious business plan in place and that normal service is resuming as the publiclyowned group puts recent turmoil behind it to focus on commercial growth and a transition to zero-emission operation.

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