As many as 200 professionals in the Scottish public transport sector are at risk of redundancy due to spending cuts, it has emerged.
Bus company First Scotland East - which currently employs a total of around 1,200 staff - has announced its decision to discontinue several services in the Midlothian and East Lothian regions north of the border.
Furthermore, the firm has also begun the process of consultation with trade unions over the possibility of job losses at its depots in Musselburgh and Dalkeith and attributes this to "a number of years of poor trading" along with external funding cuts and high fuel costs.
Paul Thomas, managing director of First Scotland East, indicated that as many as 200 positions are under threat due to these changes.
"We fully explored a range of alternatives, including selling our operations and transferring staff to another operator, but unfortunately these were unsuccessful," he added.
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