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Welcome to SEStran

SEStran is supporting the Scottish Borders Walking Festival, now in its 20th successful year.

To find out more or sign up visit the event website here 

Welcome to the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) website.

 

SEStran is one of 7 Regional Transport Partnerships in Scotland. Our partnership area includes 8 local authorities, within an area of 3,180sq miles and is home to 28% of Scotland's population.There is a huge diversity of transportation issues within the SEStran partnership area, from urban congestion to rural public transport and from ferry ports to airports. SEStran aims to address these issues and work towards a more sustainable and efficient transport network.

To find out more about SEStran's work, please click on any of the following links

 

 

 

SEStran Launches BustrackerSEStran 

 

Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) system will transform bus travel in S.E. Scotland

 

BustrackerSEStran is a real time passenger information system (RTPI) that uses advanced computer technology to provide updated information on buses as they proceed along their routes.

 

The system, which is accessible via the internet and a free smartphone app is fully compatible with Edinburgh’s existing RTPI system. Now, for the first time, passengers living outside the city will have access to up-to-the-minute information on local services.

 

Initially, bustrackerSEStran has been installed on over 300 vehicles operating on selected First Scotland East and Stagecoach services throughout East Lothian, Scottish Borders, Fife and West Lothian, and services between Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders.

 

Additional services will be added to the system as appropriate. In the longer term, as funds become available, it will grow to include most of the services throughout the south-east of Scotland and integrate with existing and future services in other parts of the country and south of the Border.

 

To find out more about bustrackerSEStran vist the website here

 

The free bustrackerSEStran app - SEStranbus -  can be dowloaded :

 

 

 

A leaflet explaining bustrackerSEStran can be accessed here

 

Improvement work on West Coast Main line may cause dispruption

 

What’s happening?

 

There will be significant route improvement works carried out on the south end of the West Coast Main Line, which will affect all Virgin Train's services in and out of London Euston during the following dates : 

 

• 9 - 11 August 

 

• 16 -18 August 

 

• 23 - 25 August 

 

Why is it happening?

 

The £81m scheme at Watford tackles the most common causes of delay on this particular portion of the West Coast Main Line and will lead to a more reliable train service on what is one of the busiest high-speed sections of line in Europe.

 

Virgin Trains understands that route improvement works are inconvenient to customers and is working closely with Network Rail and other train operators to minimise the impact and provide alternative travel options.

 

Customers are advised not to travel by train to London on these weekends, unless absolutely necessary.

 

 

Alternative can be found on Virgin Trains dedicated webpage here

 

or on National Rail Enquiries here

 

*Passengers should note that these alternatives will add extra time to their journeys. 

 

 

Further information regarding the route improvements and the benefits they will bring can be found here

 

 

Festival & Events transport

A wide range of special bus and train services are available to events across Scotland, which may also be accessed through Park & Ride, cycling and walking.

 

SEStran will continually update links to these services as details become available.

 

 

You can access information about transport links to events in South East Scotland and beyoned on our events page here

 

If there are events in South East Scotland that you would like to see included, please contact us at : http://www.sestran.gov.uk/contact

 

Forth Replacment Crossing  : Public Transport Strategy

 

 

The creation of the Forth Replacement Crossing will enable the existing Forth Road Bridge to be maintained as a dedicated public transport corridor as part of a Managed Crossing Scheme carrying public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. 

 

The Forth Replacement Crossing Projects Public Transport Strategy may be viewed here.

 

To find out more about the project, visit the Transport Scotland website here.

 

 

SEStran Park & Ride Website

SEStran’s Park & Ride Website is a comprehensive guide to Park & Ride services available throughout South East Scotland.

 

Park & Ride provides a cost effective sustainable alternative to using the car, which helps reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. 

The website helps you locate your nearest Park & Ride service, plan your journey by bus or train, check journey time’s and find out about the facilities available at any site throughout the region.

Click on the Park & Ride logo to the left to access the SEStran Park & Ride website or click here.

*New Park & Ride site opens at Halbeath 25th November 2013

Halbeath Park & Ride is located just off the M90, to the east of Dunfermline, in Fife, for commuting journeys to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dunfermline.

 

It is a joint initiative - developed by Fife Council and Transport Scotland  and comes as part of the Forth Replacement Crossing Project.

 

With its 'sister' park & ride site at Ferrytoll - a few miles to the south - regularly reaching capacity, Halbeath Park & Ride will offer additional capacity for Edinburgh commuters, an alternative interchange for travellers to Edinburgh Airport as well as journeys across Fife and longer distance coach services

 

To find out more, visit the Halbeath Park & Ride website here

Lothian Buses M-Ticket app

Lothian buses have launched a new app which is available free on Apple and Android smartphones.The new app is a first in Scotland for public transport.

 

Passengers can pre-purchase SINGLEtickets, DAYtickets, DAY&NIGHTtickets, NIGHTtickets and FAMILYDAYtickets straight onto their mobile phones. 

 

The app also offers a wide range of personalised options including departures times, journey planning and service updates, with innovations such as a ‘stop alert’ for passengers unfamiliar with a route.

 

To find out more or download the app, visit the Lothian buses website here

One-Ticket: By bus, by rail—or both

One ticket offers unlimited travel by bus and train in East Central Scotland. You can hop on and off buses and trains as you please, with no more fumbling for loose change – just show your pass to the driver.

 

One-ticket is available in 7 day, monthly and annual tickets online or from any of 600 Paypoint PP outlets across the One-Ticket area.

 

To find out more on the One-Ticket website, click on the symbol opposite or click here.

 

SEStran Thistle Assistance Card

The new SEStran Thistle Assistance card is designed to make using public transport easier for older people or those with disabilities or illness.

 

The card, which is supported by a wide range of voluntary organisations in South East Scotland and by most bus operators, is credit-card sized and comes with a supply of peel-off stickers, which advise the driver of your disability and the help you need in an easy-to-read format.

 

The cards are available at a variety of outlets across South East Scotland.

 

To find out where you can obtain a card at a location near you, please click here.

You may also download a pdf of the text of the Thistle Card in the following minority languges :

Urdu

Polish

Portuguese

**SEStran is making the design files for the Thistle Assistance Card available to appropriate local authorities at no charge.

To find out more, visit the Thistlecard section on the Bus Projects page.

 

Freedom of Information & Publications Scheme

SEstran's Freedom of Information Policy accompanies our Freedom of Information Publication Scheme, as required by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 

 

Any person who makes a request to SEStran for information is entitled to receive that information, subject to exemptions. In this spirit of openness, section 23 of the Act requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme.

 

The purpose of this scheme is to make information available so that it can be accessed without having to make an individual request.

 

The SEStran publication scheme is intended to be as inclusive as possible, improving public access to information and increasing public involvement.

 

To find out more about the FOI scheme, click here

 

To find out more about the publications scheme, click here 

 

Forth Replacement Crossing

SEStran fully supports the Forth Replacement Crossing project.  

 

The deteriorating condition of the existing Forth Road Bridge requires a sustainable solution and the new crossing will present significant opportunities for the development of public transport in the area.

 

You can find out more about the Forth Replacement Crossing project here.

 

You can also access the Forth Replacement Crossing Refresshed Public Transport Strategy here

Equalities

To ensure that equality issues are fully addressed, SEStran prepared an equalities Action Plan in 2007. This is regularly reviewed and updated.

 

SEStran is committed to putting equality of opportunity at the heart of our work to build a sustainable transportation system for SE Scotland,  and within our day-to-day work practices.

 

To find out more about equalities at SEStran, you can access our equalities documents

 

  • Mainstreaming the equalities duty here

and

  • Equalities outcomes here 

Accessibility & Minority Language Downloads

All SEStran publications are available in a variety of formats, including large print, braille and range of minority languages.

To access SEStran information leaflets in a range of minority languages,click here.

Travel Maps 

SEStran has produced a series of travel maps providing information on public transport services available throughout South East Scotland. To access the maps please click the following links :

 * When consulting the maps, please hold down the ctrl key and use the scroll key on your mouse to zoom in to sections of the image, otherwise use the zoom tool on your pdf viewer.

The maps are only intended as a general guide to passenger bus and rail services within the SEStran region. For  information on all transport services please consult Traveline or the relevant local authority or operators. 

 

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