Factsheet: Transport

This factsheet is available in a downloadable PDF here. 

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Buses in Midlothian
Other Transport Information

Getting from A to B in Midlothian can be a bit of a mission at the best of times – here is some helpful information to make your journey a little easier. 

Traveline Scotland provides up-to-date information on transport across Scotland, including timetables and journey planners across a full range of transport service providers.

Buses in Midlothian

A number of bus operators run bus services in, from and through Midlothian. MORE.

The two of the main bus providers in Midlothian are First Buses (phone 08708 72 72 71) and Lothian Buses (phone 0131 555 6363).

Download a Midlothian Travelmap (June 2009 edition) detailing all Midlothian bus services, or you can collect a copy of the latest June 2009 folded paper version at any Midlothian library, or at the reception desks in Midlothian House or Fairfield House in Dalkeith, or Dundas Buildings in Bonnyrigg.

The Community Bus Service provides a link to local shopping centres from communities less well served by public transport.

  • Service R1 operates on Thursdays and links Temple & Carrington to shopping centres in Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith, including the Tesco store at Eskbank.
  • Service R2 operates on Thursday and links parts of Newtongrange and Gorebridge with shopping centres in Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith, including the Tesco store at Eskbank.
  • Service R3 operates on Thursday and links Dalkeith with the ASDA store at The Jewel in Edinburgh going via Danderhall and Newton Village.
  • Service R4 operates on Mondays and links Dalkeith with the Sainsbury store at Straiton, going via Lasswade and parts of Loanhead.
  • Service R5 operates on Mondays and links Temple and Carrington with the Sainsbury store at Straiton, going via Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and parts of Loanhead.

Sheriffhall Park and Ride
Park your car FOR FREE and catch the bus to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary or Edinburgh City Centre for no more than £1.40 for a single journey (fares correct as of April 2012).

 Other Transport Information

Concessionary Travel Scheme – 60+ and disabled
A new Scotland-wide free bus travel scheme was established by the Scottish Executive on 1 April 2006. Those aged 60 years or over [men and women] and most disabled people are eligible to join the scheme.

Concessionary Travel Scheme – Young People
The Scotland-wide Concessionary Travel Scheme for Young People started on Monday 8 January 2007. It allows all Midlothian 16-18 year olds and full-time volunteers up to their 26th birthday to enjoy discounted travel on buses and trains. 

Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions nationally and across Europe for people with a permanent and substantial disability, whether that person is the driver or a passenger. The holder of a Blue Badge is permitted to park in areas normally subject to restrictions and this benefits those who are unable to walk great distances.

Borders’ Railway Project
The Borders’ Railway Project [formerly known as the Waverley Railway Project] is working towards a new railway to link Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders by late 2013 or early 2014.

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