Perryman's Buses brand reaches the end of the road

The Perryman's Buses brand is being scrapped with all services operated by West Coast Motors to carry the Borders Buses branding.

Monday, 17th July 2017, 9:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 10:20 am
Tony McConnell (operations supervisor, Borders Buses), Lee Young (operations manager, Borders Buses) and Claire Lark (operations manager, Borders Buses).
Tony McConnell (operations supervisor, Borders Buses), Lee Young (operations manager, Borders Buses) and Claire Lark (operations manager, Borders Buses).

The change came into effect on Monday, although it will be some months before the whole fleet of Perryman’s Buses is rebranded in Borders Buses red and cream livery.

The merger of Borders Buses and Perryman’s Buses will expand the former’s operating network to include the Scottish Borders, Cumbria, Northumberland, East Lothian, Midlothian and the City of Edinburgh.

To coincide with the name change, the bus company will introduce 10 Journey tickets to its network ticket range, with four weekly and annual tickets expected to be added to the ticket options when the bus company launches its mobile app in September.

Customers will also benefit from transferable tickets on common lines of routes.

This will include service X95 and 73 (between Galashiels and Selkirk only), service X62 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Melrose only), service 71 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Melrose only). Service 61 and 60 (between Galashiels and Earlston only) and service 67 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Earlston/St Boswells only and Galashiels and Leaderfoot).

There will be no immediate change to current timetables.

Claire Lark, operations manager at Borders Buses, previously Perryman’s Buses, said: “It’s exciting times and we look forward to rebranding the business as Borders Buses.

“The move to merge both brands makes perfect sense and will ensure we are being not just operationally efficient, but making full use of our combined resources too.

“It’s also great news for our customers who can now enjoy the benefits of an extensive bus network and the use of transferable tickets on common routes.”

Lee Young, operations manager of Borders Buses, said: “Since March, we have worked closely with our colleagues at Perryman’s Buses and look forward to the opportunities the rebranding creates.”

“Over the past few months, we have engaged with our customers and the communities we serve. This move to extend our operating network and tailor our tickets around their travel requirements I hope demonstrates we are listening and are committed to delivering a first-class bus service in the Borders and beyond.”

All timetable information will be live on Borders Buses website.