The number 13 bus service that runs from Craigleith-Blackhall to Lochend has been short-listed for the Best Bus Service prize at the Scottish Transport Awards.
Councillor Tim McKay commented “There was always strong community support for this service, but in persuading my colleagues to agree to the relatively large subsidy (£180,402 this financial year) I was nervous that the numbers using it would not justify the money. In fact while it was originally thought that passenger numbers would be around 2,000 per month, they have actually reached around 9,500. I am both delighted and relieved that it is being so well used.”
The service is operated by Edinburgh Coach Lines (ECL), and was proving so popular that ECL added a couple of extra journeys on a commercial basis, although one of these was later cancelled. 55% of those using the service are concessionary passengers.