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On-street bus ticket machine plan
Lothian bus
Lothian Buses is the largest bus operator in Edinburgh
Lothian Buses is set to have an application for Edinburgh's first on-street ticket machine approved by planners.

The city's largest bus operator has filed the application for a site next to an existing bus stand to the north side of Leopold Place.

The new machines will mean buses will be able to spend less time at stops, and make travel easier for tourists.

A report to the planning committee said the plans should get the go-ahead.

Pavement congestion

Alan Henderson, Edinburgh Council's head of planning, said the machine would look very similar to the existing pay and display machines used in the city.

He said: "The machine is of a slender design and due to its location, namely to the side of the bus shelter, the machine will not be a dominant feature in the street."

Following consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland the council received no objections.

However, five letters of objection were received from members of the public concerned about the visual impact, pavement congestion and residential amenity.

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