Free Hogmanay Bus Service Extended Beyond Edinburgh

Submitted by edg on Mon, 5 Dec '11 8.52pm

The free bus service for revellers at the Edinburgh's Hogmanay events has been extended to include destinations beyond Edinburgh this year. For the first time, the service will include buses to St Andrews, Glasgow, Harthill Services, Baillieston, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, St Andrews, and Perth. Passengers need to pre-book tickets for this service (tickets are £30 each).

A bus service in Edinburgh, operated by Lothian Buses, will run from 12.15am to 4.00am on Sunday morning (1st January), and is available to revellers at the ticketed Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, Concert in the Gardens or The Keilidh. The buses will be leaving from designated departure points around the city. No advanced booking required. Details available from Lothian buses.

First Bus has also added additional services to its timetable on Sunday 1st January to ferry Loony Dookers and spectators from the city centre to South Queensferry where the annual New Year’s Day dip under the shadow of the Forth Bridge will take place at 11.00am.

Pete Irvine, Creative Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “We are delighted that there is, once again, a safe, reliable and free transport system at the end of the night on New Year’s Eve. Over 18,000 revellers took advantage of this invaluable service last year to get them home. For the first time, thanks to Citylink, there are transport options for revellers to get home in Edinburgh and across the central belt.”

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It’s vital that we do what we can to help people get home safe and sound after seeing in the bells at the World’s Greatest Street Party. Revellers can celebrate the arrival of 2012 safe in the knowledge that they can hop on the bus home afterwards.