Alastair Maxwell-Irving (Letters, 17 August) criticises Lothian Buses for having their drivers sell tickets, which he says slows the vehicles down. Lothian Buses is a well-run firm, and my bet is they have thought this through.
Accepting cash is part of providing a good service. Cash is easier to obtain and more universal than bus tickets. It suits those of us who use the buses only occasionally – residents and visitors alike.
He talks of groups of tourists not being able to board because they lack the right money. Can this be true? Not everyone in a group is required to have £1.50 in change.
For a party of ten, for example, Lothian Buses say one can pay the driver £15 and ask for ten tickets.
He asks if Edinburgh wants tourists. This Edinburgher does not; he prefers visitors. Tourists think they are visiting a tartan Disneyland.
Visitors are more thoughtful, know this is a working city, and arm themselves with change. They are grateful not to have to guess how many tickets they need and find somewhere to buy them.
Comely Bank Avenue