Perrymans takeover of Scottish Borders services imminent
West Coast Motors (which took over Perryman’s Buses in 2016) is now in advanced talks with First Scotland East to take over its services in the Scottish Borders.
The company looks set to begin operating from 25 March and West Coast Motors Commercial Manager, Sharon Morrison has issued a statement, following discussions with First Border staff:
“With the support of Scottish Borders Council, we have been based at Galashiels bus interchange. Last Wednesday and Thursday myself and Colin Craig, managing director of West Coast Motors spent time at the interchange or at First's Galashiels depot. We spoke to just over 60 people last week and will be available this week and next to answer staff queries or concerns.
We explained we would like all staff to transfer over to West Coast Motors post sale and would be honouring their First employee terms and conditions. The mood from the local team is very upbeat and positive and they appear to look forward to the change.
From 25 March we will initially operate the routes as normal and all valid tickets purchased with First will be accepted on Borders Buses. In the short period we shall hire vehicles from First and other third parties and will also introduce a number of new vehicles.
With First’s vehicles we shall remove First's logo and replace with Borders Buses and a customer information vinyl stating our plans for investment. Our aim is to introduce an investment programme with all vehicles eventually being in the West Coast Motors livery of red and cream, carrying the Borders Buses name.”
Perryman’s Buses has also announced plans to alter its Hawick Town bus service H1/H2 to include more areas of the town. The decision to adjust the current timetable follows a series of discussions with local community groups, councillors and council officials.
The changes, which are subject to approval from Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Traffic Commissioner, include extending the route in Burnfoot and serving the new housing estate in Stonefield. Once approved the updated timetable should be introduced from Monday 22 May 2017.
Changes to the timetable include:
Route now operates from Burnfoot Shops via Kenilworth Avenue, Burnfoot Road, Burnhead Road, Eildon Road, Galalaw Road, Hillend Drive, Fraser Avenue, Kenilworth Avenue, Burnfoot Road, to Burnfoot Shops.
There is no longer a service on Cheviot Road and Bright Street on journeys from Vertish.
On journeys from Vertish buses will operate from Kirk Wynd, Liddesdale Road, Stonefield (anti-clockwise), Liddesdale Crescent, Slitrig Crescent and current route via the Bridal Shop.
The new timetable will be available online shortly www.perrymansbuses.co.uk