Scotland Bus Operations

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I'm off to Edinburgh Zoo with my Business class in a fortnight's time and...surprise surprise... they left me in charge of transport, so it's my responsibility to sort out the trains and the buses.

Anyway, a couple of small questions regarding the buses:

1) Are Gemini's usually operated on the 31?
2) What usually operates on the 12/X12?

Thank you Smile
Yet again, your photographs are inspiring and give me idea's to try new idea's. So glad I'm getting my Lothian fix on Monday.

For anyone wishing to see my Lothian photos check out; http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt56120/s...741103725/
(27 Jun 2013, 10:11 pm)Adam Wrote: I'm off to Edinburgh Zoo with my Business class in a fortnight's time and...surprise surprise... they left me in charge of transport, so it's my responsibility to sort out the trains and the buses.

Anyway, a couple of small questions regarding the buses:

1) Are Gemini's usually operated on the 31?
2) What usually operates on the 12/X12?

Thank you Smile

From Haymarket we got the 26 which was a Gemini. On the way back from the Zoo, we got a First SPD. Get the airport bus or one of the Glasgow services and you have the luxury of a coach Wink
http://news.stv.tv/east-central/232632-m...edinburgh/
(11 Jul 2013, 10:37 pm)Daniel Wrote: http://news.stv.tv/east-central/232632-m...edinburgh/

I was in Edinburgh today with my Business Class. Saw the ambulance sail past with its sirens on but never knew it was for this. Horrible incident.
Lothian's 367 and 382 both now wear a very striking allover ad for GoEdinburgh2016. An example (367) is demonstrated on the photograph below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuthbus/9335399639/ (StreetwiseFife)
Need transport to the SVBM? This may appeal to you.

http://lothianbuses.com/our-community/ar...-18-august
Lothian 889, 907 and 913 recently repainted into madder

Here is 889 on Hanover Street working service 27
http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt56120/9436612376/

Also noticed at Seafield works are a set of harlequin liveried tridents 5 or 6 of them being plain white. Not sure if repaints as Longstone depot has recently been doing that.

Photo of 367 on Hanover Street working service 23
http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt56120/9...hotostream

Also as not pointed out vehicles 101 onwards for service 30 are getting "Get there greener" decal applied above the windows.

Photo of 124 with said decal http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt56120/9...hotostream
Lothian 912 now in the lovely madder livery.

Photo from Stuart Montgomery's fantastic flickr account
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_mont...422055104/
Love the colour's.

Looks great together.
Ooo Friend, Bus Friend.
SVBM today. I shall post the (ex)-Lothian offerings on this thread upon arrival.
For anyone going: we can be drowned rats together!
I'm off tomorrow when its sunny. I shall be in Edinburgh 5th - 9th and on the 28th september
Thanks to the driver of 198 last night on service 113 at Pencaitland. That 635 and 636 are going into East Lothian colours.
Forgot to upload this link from my adventures to the west coast of Scotland the other week.

Can anyone make sense of this or the ticket options available?
* Your in zone 1 and going to zone 2 - you have to buy a zone 6 ticket.

* Your in zone 2 and your heading off to zone 5 - you have to buy a zone 6 ticket.

Try buying them for the day...
It was cheaper apparently, buying two singles in zone 2, than a day ticket. The two singles were £3.65 each. A weeks ticket is £17.00....
A child ticket (which must be used before 7pm) was apparently £1 and could only be used within that zone.

www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk/gozones.aspx

Mindboggling!

Big fan of independents, but not when they're as bonkers as some of our local plc's.
Bet you can never guess which zone the major competition operates in?
(20 Aug 2013, 11:14 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: Bet you can never guess which zone the major competition operates in?

Would it be zone 1 by any chance? Tongue
That map is bonkers!
(21 Aug 2013, 6:38 pm)BJ10VUS Wrote: Would it be zone 1 by any chance? Tongue
That map is bonkers!

Aye, zone one is the area where the main competition is.s
There are smaller independents in the other areas, but they don't have First or Stagecoach emblazoned on the sides of their vehicles.

Aye, whoever designed that zone map had maybe overdone it on the 'bucky'.
I had to look twice when I first clapped eyes on it.
Believe it not, when you follow the coloured boundary lines opposed to the zone labelling it does make sense. However, I do agree that it appear quite confusing upon initial viewing.

One question though!

Where is 'Zone 8'? - I can't seem to find it anywhere.
There reason I ask is because the 7-zone ticket enables you to travel 'anywhere' whereas the 8-zone ticket is valid for travel only in zone eight.
(22 Aug 2013, 1:37 pm)AdamY Wrote: Believe it not, when you follow the coloured boundary lines opposed to the zone labelling it does make sense. However, I do agree that it appear quite confusing upon initial viewing.

One question though!

Where is 'Zone 8'? - I can't seem to find it anywhere.
There reason I ask is because the 7-zone ticket enables you to travel 'anywhere' whereas the 8-zone ticket is valid for travel only in zone eight.

Zone 8 is the twighlight zone - located at the bottom of a tenemant block, 200yds from the off licence. Look for the empty bottles of bucky - cant miss the place!
Roof ripped off school bus as it passed under railway bridge in North Ayrshire

22 Aug 2013 12:44
A DOUBLE-DECK school bus, operated by Marbill Coaches of Beith, failed to get under a railway bridge on the A737 north of Dalry.

Read more here
It's not the first time we've had an incident from Marbill Coaches either. Back in 2011, they appeared when there was a fierce storm and was blown over. See article here.