Coldingham bus service meeting

Borders Buses is to look at the possibility of one journey a day from Coldingham to Edinburgh after concerns were raised at a public meeting. Last month, the 253 service from Berwick to Edinburgh stopped calling at Coldingham.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 17 August, 2018, 11:47
Councillor Carole Hamilton and MP John Lamont were in Coldingham to hear from local people including Rhona Goldie, chairman of Coldingham Community Council.

Instead it now goes straight from Eyemouth to Ayton and Reston after analysis showed the route has low usage from the village.

The bus company’s commercial manager, Sharon Morrison, was in Coldingham last week to meet people from the village, St Abbs and Cockburnspath and to hear their frustration at the loss of a direct bus service to Edinburgh.

The meeting, arranged by local MP John Lamont, was attended by 25 residents who explained the difficulties it caused for those who don’t drive.

Borders Buses has agreed to look into the points raised, including the possibility of one journey a day from Coldingham to Edinburgh, and a council supported bus pilot serving local villages with connections to the 253 route.

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Sharon Morrison said: “We are committed to delivering a sustainable bus service in the communities we serve and were only too happy to attend Monday’s meeting.

“It was a good session and a number of possibilities to increase bus usage in the area were discussed.”

Mr Lamont added: “The meeting was useful because it highlighted the strength of feeling in the community. The loss of bus services at a time when banks, businesses and other services are also under threat is really harming our local communities.”