Stagecoach have today confirmed details of a new bus link between Edinburgh and Queensferry.
The new route, which will be numbered 40/40A is to begin on Monday 3rd March 2014.
The route will operate daily, every 10 minutes during peak times, every 15 throughout the day and every 30 minutes in the evenings on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes throughout the day on Sundays.
Route 40 will operate as a circular from Edinburgh via the A90, Echline, Queensferry High Street, Kirkliston Road, Scotstoun Estate, Tesco, Station Road and Dalmeny returning to Edinburgh. Route 40A operates in the opposite direction, thus providing fast journeys into Edinburgh city centre via the A90.
The company already operate a number of regular stopping and direct Express City Connect routes into the City via Barnton and this new route will compliment these, whilst providing the residents of Queensferry and Dalmeny with alternative direct and frequent travel options to the City Centre.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We’re delighted to be introducing our new 40 service to the residents and visitors of Queensferry. We have carefully designed the new route to offer speedy journeys to the City Centre whilst also providing local links to the High Street and Tesco. We have been very successful in growing the number of customers choosing to use our services into Edinburgh from Fife and strongly believe that there is significant scope in this area to attract many more people out of their cars and on to our greener, smarter services.”
Stagecoach have already confirmed a fare change for single/return fares within Edinburgh itself from 3rd March, with the fare in the city rising to £1.50. Single fares from Queensferry to Edinburgh will be set at a competitive level.
Mr Jarvis added: "We are working on competitive multi journey ticket prices too, so that commuters, families, kids and students enjoy great value travel. Further details will be announced in due course."
Other timetable changes to occur on the 3rd March will include the introduction of some peak time journeys between Dunfermline and Queensferry, daily on route 55A.
The timetable for the new route is now available to download from this site using the drop down timetable list.