BUS passengers in the capital suffered nearly 500 accidents in the past 11 years, figures show.

Lothian Buses, Edinburgh's largest bus firm, said 43 people had become trapped in closing doors and 85 passengers were hurt after falling while getting on or off its vehicles.

The firm, which is majority owned by the city council, has set aside £131,206 for compensation claims made by passengers.

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The incidents all took place between November 1, 2001 and October 31, 2012, with 499 accidents and incidents reported altogether – including 137 incidents of "sharp breaking" recorded.

Lothian Buses stressed the figures represented a tiny percentage of the firm's total passengers.