We provide free home to school (HTS) transport for East Lothian pupils who live more than two miles away from their local primary or secondary school.

The pupil's home address is defined as being that of their parent or legal guardian, not the address of a childminder or relative who may care for them on school days.

In the event of parental separation, the home address is defined as the address of the guardian receiving the Child Benefit payment.

Free school transport isn't available if you choose to send your child to a school that isn't their local primary or secondary school.

Please contact your school office for advice on how to submit an electronic application form for HTS transport. Paper applications are no longer issued.

Return to school 18 August 2021

New arrangements have been put in place from 18 August 2021 to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all passengers, drivers and escorts. These arrangements apply whether you travel on a contracted route, public service using a smart card, or in a taxi. Transport provision has reverted to the August 2020 system. Additional buses are in operation as primary and secondary pupils can no longer share transport, even if they are from the same family group. Bus times may also have changed and for some secondary schools buses are doing double runs to account for the 1m social distancing restraint on capacity.

The measures have been brought in following extensive work with our transport providers and in line with Government guidance and risk assessments.

We ask that all families read the information they receive with their passes and discuss it with their children and young people.

To use home to school transport you will need:

  • a face covering (if a medical exemption applies you should carry an exemption card, available here)
  • hand sanitiser or freshly washed hands
  • a valid pass for travel

Failing to carry out these actions could mean passengers are not allowed to use the home to school transport.

You can find out more about our guidance for families and our protocols for transport providers.

Check the timetables and read additional information for parents

Read about back to school on 20 April.

Smartcards

We encourage high school pupils to use public transport whenever possible. It is important each student has a valid Young Person Card with an up-to-date photograph on it. To order a new / replacement card or, to update your photograph, please contact your school office. They will arrange for your card to be issued and programmed through our Transport Services team. Requests must come to us from your school office in the first instance.

Smartcards are in use on following routes:

Dunbar Grammar School

For East Linton-based pupils:

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

East Linton Surgery

0800

3 x Coaches

Eve Coaches

Linton Hotel 

0800

Musselburgh Grammar School

Whitecraig pupils

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Whitecraig Crescent - S1-S3 pupils

0755

Coach

Ac Taxis

Whitecraig Crescent - S4-S6 pupils

0803

111 School route

Prentice Coaches

Wallyford pupils

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Bus terminus

08:00

Coach

Ac Taxis

 

Miners club

08:05


Preston Lodge High School

Longniddry - S5 & S6 pupils Route PL2/118 Longniddry to Preston Lodge High School Will operate as a standard 118 service except Friday Lunchtime when it operate as a standard 111 service.

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Longniddry Rail Station

07:54

118

Prentice Coaches

 

Longniddry Inn

07:54

Dean Road

07:55

 

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Johnny Cope Road

08:03

128

East Coast Buses

 

Seton East

08:05

Longniddry Rail Station

08:11

Longniddry S1-S4 pupils East Coast Buses Service 128 Longniddry to Preston Lodge HS

Port Seton S6 pupils

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Port Seton – Alder Road 0755

07:55

110/111

Prentice Coaches

 

Port Seton – Links Road 0757

07:57

Port Seton – Post Office

07:59

Ross High School

Elphinstone Pupils

PICK UP POINT

AM

Service

Contractor

Elphinstone

08:05

110 Prentice Coaches

Macmerry Pupils S1 –S4

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Macmerry

07:48 or 08:18

104 East Coast Buses

S5 & S6 Pupils

PICK UP POINT

AM

Service

Contractor

Macmerry

07:50

108 Prentice Coaches

 

North Berwick High School

Gullane Pupils only

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Gullane, Goose Green

07:54

124

East Coast Buses

 

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Gullane, Goose Green

08:01

125

East Coast Buses

 

 

Aberlady Pupils only

PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Aberlady, The Pleasance

07:52

126

East Coast Buses

 

Aberlady, Poplar House

07:54

Luffness Mains

07:56

 

Ballencrieff, Drem West Fenton & Dirleton

  PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Longniddry Station

07:43

127

East Coast Buses

 

Drem Station

07:52

Fenton Barns

07:55

Muirfield House

08:01

Dirleton Castle

08:09

 

Kilduff /Athelstaneford

  PICK UP POINT 

AM

Service

Contractor

Kilduff

07:50

121 Eve Coaches separate coach

 

Athelstaneford

07:52

Prora

07:57

Drem

08:03

Fenton Barns

08:06

East Fenton

08:06

Kingston

08:11

Highfield

08:13

 

Mainstream transport between home and school

Eve Coaches routes

Ross High routes 164 Pencaitland and Ormiston 165 will double run to allow for the 1m social distancing restraint at the end of school day, which will be controlled by school staff.

Eve Coaches pick-up locations and timetables

AC Taxis and minibus routes

AC Taxis pick-up locations and timetables

Prentice Coaches routes

Prentice Coaches pick-up locations and timetables

Alba Taxis routes

113

For Alba Taxis pick up times and locations please call 01875 815000.

Torrance Taxis routes

For Torrance Taxis pick up times and locations please call 01368 862612 or visit the Torrance Taxis website.

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