MP makes case for integrated transport

Berwickshire MP John Lamont has made the case directly for a better integrated transport system for the Borders.

Saturday, 30th September 2017, 08:05 am
Updated Thursday, 28th September 2017, 13:09 pm
Berwick railway station

One of his priorities is to ensure buses are properly linked up with trains stopping on the East Coast Mainline at Berwick to ensure residents and tourists are able to get around by public transport.

After a meeting with Borders Buses commercial manager Sharon Morrison, he said: “On the whole, I’ve been impressed with the way in which West Coast Motors has taken on and improved bus routes in the Borders.

“I think they have a good understanding of the importance of local routes and a real desire to improve the service in the coming years.

“I am determined that more needs to be done in the Borders to integrate better our transport system.

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“Borders Buses recognises people are increasingly using various modes of transport and are showing a commitment to providing a modern transport offering for both visiting and local customers.

“It was really good to hear about the plans Borders Buses has for new vehicles and new routes. I was impressed by their knowledge of the local area so soon after they acquired the routes from First Buses.

“A number of constituents have contacted me about their local bus service and after meeting with Sharon, I am confident that their views will be looked at closely.”

Mrs Morrison added: “We are proud to serve the Borders and beyond and are pleased our efforts to deliver a reliable, modern and frequent bus service in the area are recognised by Mr Lamont.

“We also take on board his feedback from constituents.”

She continued: “Like any business we are always looking at ways to improve our offering and regularly engage with customers and the communities we serve to ensure we are providing a service which meets their travel requirements.”

“With this in mind we are currently examining our network, trialling a range of high specification vehicles on key lines of route plus developing a mobile app which will allow customers to track their bus.”