Efficiency report

More integration planned for city’s buses and trams

Princes Street, trams and big wheel

Council wants greater integration of the transport network (pic: Terry Murden)

Plans are being considered to create a more integrated public transport system in Edinburgh that will see “efficiencies” across the current operators.

Greater alignment of the businesses running the buses and trams will result in easier ticket purchasing, more integrated routes, better collaboration and less competition between companies, says a report to the city council.

Reform of the city’s Arm’s Length External Organisations (ALEOs) will be discussed by the council this week.

The council says the changes “wouldn’t result in any immediate adjustments for passengers or front-line staff”, though any longer term impact has not been disclosed.


The plan will be considered by Transport and Environment Committee on Thursday (19 August). It proposes reconstituting the Lothian Buses legal entity to allow the management of all council-owned public transport modes in the city, while retaining the brands and operational services of each of the transport companies.

A working group of council officers and non-executive director representatives from each of the transport ALEOs (Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams and Transport for Edinburgh) has been working on the plan.

The group has produced a set of “guiding and transition principles, which include creating a customer-focused, unified public transport approach through service integration, route optimisation and fare ticketing optimisation.”

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