Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds visited the Transport for Edinburgh’s refurbished travel shop on Waverley Bridge today after it reopened last week.

The flagship facility has been completely transformed internally and externally after the umbrella brand of Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams committed £500,000 investment for the revamp of the shop.

A major new feature is a series of large display screens that will be updated instantly with the latest travel news including travel disruption and incident notices.

The Edinburgh Reporter met up with Ian Craig CEO of Lothian Buses and Councillor Hinds to talk about the new Transport for Edinburgh organisation represented most obviously here at the new office.

Ian Craig, chief executive of Lothian Buses, said: “Our new Travelshop at Waverley Bridge has been designed to take care of our customers’ ever changing needs, providing them with a range of products, services and information that is easily accessible.

“I hope that this refurbishment and the others that are planned for this year demonstrates our commitment to providing a quality high street presence in Edinburgh, one that further complements our existing services and our developing use of technology.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The opening of new Transport for Edinburgh Travelshop on Waverley Bridge is an exciting milestone in this new era for public transport in the city. The site is very prominent and provides a great opportunity to communicate the message about the capital’s new integrated bus and tram services, which will serve residents and visitors alike.”

The revamp of Waverley Bridge is the first instalment of Transport for Edinburgh’s ambitious property development with new Travel Shops opening in the West End and Haymarket by the end of 2014 as well as further plans to rejuvenate the Midlothian Travelshop in Dalkeith.