Edinburgh mum warns neighbourhood 'completely forgotten' due to new bus route

An Edinburgh mum says she feels her local community of Ratho has been forgotten by council chiefs.

Angela Temple, 45, argues a new bus route will endanger the vulnerable and will partially cut residents off from vital services. The nursing home care assistant said her neighbourhood will be the 'most isolated it has ever been during her lifetime.'

The McGills 20 service that would run from Edinburgh Park to Ratho is set to end in July with a new 1A service provided by Lothian Buses taking its place.

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The new route will run roughly every hour from Hermiston Park, along Dalmahoy Road, through Ratho, along Glasgow Road and to the Gyle.

But Angela argued this insufficient as residents will now be forced to wait at Hermiston Park and Ride for connecting services - a park & ride Angela says is unsafe after 5pm as she claims it is 'unmanned' and in a secluded location.

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She is worried the elderly, young females and those with disabilities will be put in danger under the new plans.

Angela also claimed the community will be forced to take connecting buses from the Gyle to Hermiston Gait to access vital shops.

As well as this, she said the route should be extended to Wester Hailes so that vulnerable residents can access what she says is there closest council facilities. Angela would like to see the route run from Edinburgh Park or Wester Hailes instead of Hermiston Park.

“I have spoken to people in Ratho, the elderly, young and infirm, who say this route from Hermiston park & ride to the Gyle is totally unacceptable for them,” she claimed. “Hermiston Park and Ride is dangerous and secluded, if you miss your connection that runs every hour then you will have to stand at an unmanned and dark park & ride.

“The route does not make sense. As a community we rely on Hermiston Gait as our main shopping hub and under the current plans we will have to go to the Gyle to then travel into the retail park.

“There is no reason why the new route cannot service Edinburgh Park park & ride which is close to Hermiston Gait which means there are plenty of shops or cafés to wait in if you miss your bus. I feel the new route should also go to Wester Hailes as that is now our local council office.

“The vulnerable in our community will have to get two or three buses to access vital services or to be able to get a proper shop.”

Angela said the new plans will also impact her personally as if she misses her connection back to Ratho - so she may only get to spend an hour or two with her 17-year-old daughter after school.

She said that Edinburgh Council have abandoned the community, arguing Ratho residents ‘pay Edinburgh prices, for a substandard Edinburgh service’ from their local authority.

“This 1A will not be as good as the McGills service that came before,” she claimed. “This will be the most cut off I have felt in my 45 years of living in Ratho.

“To be honest with you the council has no interest in Ratho or what the people want. I feel like we are not being listened to.

“No one cares about us, especially the vulnerable people in the community. The council wants us to pay Edinburgh rates but without the representation or benefits.

“We lost our Post Office in Ratho and our closest local council offices are Wester Hailes. To get there under the new plans we will have to travel to the Gyle and then get a bus or two to Wester Hailes. If older people have all their shopping with them then this will be a nightmare.

“The new plans will also see me get to spend less time with my daughter as I’ll have to leave earlier in the morning before school and will only be able to get home for an hour or two if I miss my connection.

“The 1A will not run often enough and the route design does not serve the needs of our community. The council should listen to residents about what we need.”

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Edinburgh Council declined to comment.

Despite being contacted several times, Lothian buses did not provide a comment.