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Changes to Local Bus Services

Forthcoming changes to both Commercial and Council-funded bus services

What are the changes to subsidised local bus routes?

A recent review of subsidised local bus services has been undertaken in line with the Council's Public Transport Strategy, which was followed by a competitive tendering process to achieve best value within available resources.  

A full summary changes that took effect from 16 October 2023 is shown below.  In addition to these contracts and following the cancellation of McGill's services from 2 December 2023, the council have responded by securing two additional contracted services from 4 December 2023 to address network gaps not being covered by commercial operations.  Details of these additional services are shown in the table below. 

Passengers should note that some journeys may now require a change of service as a result of commercial service cancellations and are advised to check the Traveline Scotland (opens new window) website before travelling:

Service NumberRoute/Operational AreaStatus from 16 October 2023Status from 4 December 2023
L1Linlithgow Town Service Full service maintained with no changes. LBS 1 Timetable [418KB] No Change
2A/2BBroxburn Town ServiceHourly frequency maintained. Hours of operation reduced to 9am-3pm Mon-Fri & 9am-12pm Sat. LBS 2a/2b Timetable [431KB] No Change
16Livingston - Western General Hospital, EdinburghFull service maintained with no changes. LBS 16 Timetable [426KB] No Change
21Blackridge - Livingston South Station via Armadale, Bathgate, Blackburn, Seafield, Kirkton Campus, Livingston Centre & Dedridge West Council funded section of service maintained with no changes.Service withdrawn
23Shotts - Broxburn via Eastfield, Greenrigg, Heartlands, Whitburn, Blackburn, Seafield, Livingston Centre, Craigshill & Uphall (Monday - Saturday)Council funded section of service maintained with no changes.Service withdrawn
21Bathgate to Boghall Council funded section of service maintained with no changes.Route extended to operate to Blackridge via Armadale Monday - Saturday 7am-7pm LBS 21 Timetable [417KB]   Passengers travelling to Livingston now require a change of service in Bathgate
23Shotts - Whitburn via Harthill & GreenriggN/ANew service contracted by SPT LBS 23 Timetable [407KB]   Passengers travelling to Livingston may require a change of service in Whitburn
31Bathgate - Livingston via Linlithgow Hourly frequency Maintained.  Operational hours reduced to 7am-7pm LBS 31 Timetable Until 27 Jan 2024 [427KB] No Change
31Bathgate - Livingston via Linlithgow Service WithdrawnNo Change
40/X40St John's Hospital to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Route revised. Frequency revised to operate hourly, Mon - Fri and every 45 mins Sat - Sun    LBS X40 Timetable [72KB] No Change
449Bo'ness to Bathgate via Linlithgow, Whitecross & TorphichenService WithdrawnNo Change
5Bathgate Town Service Hourly frequency maintained. Hours of operation reduced to 9am-3pm Mon-Fri & 9am-12pm Sat.  LBS 5 Timetable [417KB] No Change
50Boghall to Harthill via Armadale and Blackridge Service WithdrawnNo Change
6Whitburn Town Service Armadale Town Service - Westfield  - AvonbridgeFull service maintained with no changes. LBS 6 Timetable [424KB] Minor route Change - to serve all of Drove Road.  No change to Timetable.
7St John's Hospital - South Queensferry via Livingston Centre, Craigshill, Uphall, Broxburn & Winchburgh Service WithdrawnNo Change
72Kirkliston - Livingston via Winchburgh, Broxburn, Uphall, St John's Hospital & HowdenNew Service LBS 72 Timetable [72KB] Service extended to Fauldhouse on a commercial basis.  Lothian Country 72 Timetable [158KB]
8Boghall to BathgateService WithdrawnNo Change
9A/B/CLivingston South Town Service Route revised.  Frequency revised to operate hourly Mon - Sat, 7am-7pm LBS 9 Timetable [423KB] No Change
34AFauldhouse-Breich-West Calder Council funded section of service maintained with no changesNo Change


Commercial Service Changes

All McGill's West Lothian services will end on 2 December 2023 with the exception of the X38, which operates Falkirk - Edinburgh via Linlithgow and Winchburgh.

Lothian Country will launch two new services as well as extending an existing route to backfill service gaps from 3 December.  Further information on these services can be found at: Lothian Country Buses Website (opens new window) 

Scottish Citylink will amend their 902 service from 4 December to operate via Harthill Village and via Uphall and Broxburn to Edinburgh Airport. Scottish Citylink 902 Timetable (opens new window)

Service Standards

We will:

  • Provide timetable information in bus shelters across West Lothian;
  • Ensure that operators perform to contract for services supported by the council;
  • Monitor performance of supported services;
  • Assess demand for new services and implement them if they are approved; and
  • Work with operators in the first instance to try to resolve customers complaints