Edinburgh Lothian Buses will operate the Saturday service throughout January due to Covid
Lothian buses are expected to run on Saturdays for most of January as Covid-related absences also play a significant role for the network.
Similar to ScotRail, the bus company issued a statement today (December 31) apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the change, but a number of cases of illness and self-isolation have made normal service impossible .
As Omicron continues to pose a threat to travel businesses and industries, Edinburgh travelers have been warned to check the latest information before their trip as many routes will operate at a less frequent rate in the New Year.
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Lothian Buses said: “Throughout the festive period, like many other organisations, we have continued to feel the impact of the Omicron strain of Covid-19 with self-isolation and rising levels of illness among our colleagues, which puts considerable pressure on our ability to deliver our services to the levels that our customers have come to expect.
“To ensure the stability and reliability of our network, we have made the decision to operate a Saturday service with enhanced school journeys on all Lothian and Lothian Country services from 6th January to 22nd January. During this time we will review the situation and if appropriate, notify customers as soon as possible.East Coast Buses will return to a normal schedule from 5 January.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to deal with circumstances beyond our control.”
However, normal school services that would normally operate on weekdays will still operate normally on services 11, 42, 44, 45 and 400.
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ScotRail has also announced a change to its services, with a temporary timetable introduced for most of January as the rail provider continues to struggle to provide normal service due to staff illness and Covid absences.