A BUS company which has been serving the people of East Lothian for more than 40 years has been bought by a fellow competitor.

Award-winning transport operator Lothian has purchased Dunbar-based Eve Coaches to expand its own coach and tours offering in the county.

Following the completion of the acquisition, Lothian intend to continue to operate acquired services under the Eve Coaches brand in East Lothian.

These include a mixture of local bus services, private hire services and school work.

Sarah Boyd, managing director for Lothian, said: “Eve Coaches is a well-known operator in the local area with over 40 years of service to the communities of East Lothian.

“We look forward to the opportunities that this acquisition will afford us in the future.”