PRENTICE Buses, based in Haddington, has announced it will introduce a new service and has stopped its free travel offer to NHS workers.

August 10 will see the launch of the new 109 service, which links Humbie, East Saltoun, Pencaitland, New Winton, Elphinstone, Tranent and Macmerry to the East Lothian Community Hospital and Haddington High Street.

There will be four journeys to the community hospital in Haddington and five return journeys from Tranent and Elphinstone, with several journeys extended to Humbie, East Saltoun and Pencaitland.

Elphinstone will have 12 daily journeys, with most of the existing 110 service’s daytime journeys replaced with those of the 109.

This will provide residents of Elphinstone with the option to stop at Asda and Aldi in Tranent, as well as connecting them to the community hospital.

Meanwhile, Prentice is stopping its offer of free travel to NHS workers, a service it has provided since April 1 as a thank you during the Covid-19 outbreak.

As Scotland moves out of lockdown and into a ‘new normal’, Prentice has decided to end the offer tomorrow (Friday).