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April 2004
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 The Forth Bridges - not a fourth at bridge
Edinburgh is one of the top tourist attractions in Britain.   Visitors come to see the Castle, the Royal Mile and the Forth Bridges (left).   The bus station however is not on many people's list which is not surprising considering it used to be a bit of a black hole.   Recently though it has been completely re-built.   Will it be on your list now when you visit the capital ?
Edinburgh Bus Station
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Not many operators have taken up the option to depart from the new bus station (above).   The new bus station offers the usual East coast hospitality - "come away in, you'll have had your tea ?" (right) edinburgh-welcome.JPG (47249 bytes)
The main services to use the bus station are Citylink and National Express, Fife and Borders routes.   All remaining East and West Lothian services have not returned after the former bus station closed in 2000.
The Facilities
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Parks Volvo/Jonckheere HSK644 arrives on the National Express service from Hull. First have recently retrenched from the Borders, but they still operate most of the trunk routes such as the (62) here run by 36 (N536VSA).
The Supporters
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Independent operators have also been reluctant to return to the bus station as represented by Munro's Optare Solo 303 (VU52UEC) on service from Newcastle.

   West and Mid-Lothian services leave from Waterloo Place, such as First Edinburgh  974 (L554USU), a Volvo Olympian on the Bathgate service.
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The Dissenters
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Originally the main departure point for buses in Edinburgh was from around St. Andrews Square at the east end of the city.   In 1957 the first proper bus station was opened which consisted of four stances lettered A to D.   Subsequently stance E was opened for tours and express services.   In the early 1970's stances B, C and D were covered by an office block converting the bus station into a damp dungeon as can be seen (above left) by Fife FPE88 (YSF88S), carrying a broadside advert for the Laidlaw garage, on stance D on a glorious summer's day in June 1978 preparing to depart for Perth.   After the bus station was closed in 2000, all the services moved to the street (where most still remain).   Express services and those to Fife returned to their spiritual home round St. Andrews Square itself where Stagecoach 553 (M953TSX) is seen (above right) on the (X54) service to Dundee in December 2002.
The Predecessors
All photos taken in April 2003, unless stated.   Click to enlarge.
See the Forth Bridge misunderstanding in "Carry on Regardless"
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