Lothian Buses customer journeys rise 17% to 110m

Lothian Buses has announced its passenger numbers increased by more than 17% from 94 million in 2022 to 110 million in 2023.

Edinburgh Trams, the capital city’s other main form of public transport, said recently it transported roughly nine million passengers in the last year.

Lothian Buses MD Sarah Boyd said: “A thriving public transport system is vital for everyone who travels around Edinburgh and the Lothians, and this strong commercial performance is a testament to our people on the frontline and behind the scenes, who day in, day out, strive to deliver an exceptional service for our customers.

“2024 is set to be a big year for Lothian as we look to grow our network to meet increasing customer demand, welcome new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to our garages and continue to invest heavily in our people and the future of our business.”

Councillor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council, said: “These figures demonstrate the commitment all at Lothian Buses have shown to get Edinburgh moving and our economy back on track again after the pandemic.

“Key to this has been that everyone in Edinburgh, no matter what their background, feels safe and at home in a Lothian Bus.

“Not only does Lothian provide millions of reliable journeys to passengers every week, it also supports efficient, sustainable public transport, and our net zero 2030 goals, the impacts of which will benefit the city for generations to come.

“Lothian Buses are part of what defines Edinburgh, and I will do all I can to support their continued success and growth as we get Edinburgh’s transport system ready for the future.”