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Hawick to Kelso bus service saved, but at what cost?

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A bus route from Hawick to Kelso and Jedburgh may have been saved, but with some services cut.

Proposals have been put forward for the 120 First Bus to operate at a reduced service from next month.

It's future was under question as the contract for the current service is due to end on August 15.

It is part subsidised by Scottish Borders Council, after current operators First Bus announced an intention to withdraw it last year.

It was feared Scottish Borders Council would halt the subsidy, which could threaten the service altogether.

That led to a petition, which was handed over by community councillors and local residents today.

The 2,000-strong petition was handed in. Credit: ITV Border

Although there is not a high usage on it, the people that use it really rely on it, that is how desperate it is, and that is why this petition is important to let people know when they were making a decision which was done without much consultation, it has a great impact on people".

– French Wight from Hawick Community Council

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said:

A further proposal for the continued operation of the 120 bus service has been put out to the trade and we expect responses this week.

The proposal is for a reduced service compared to that currently operating, with those services currently underused being cut from the timetable.

This would enable the 120 route to continue and still serve the core service users. The new service would commence on Monday 17th August."

– Scottish Borders Council