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MSP Lamont calls for bus cuts meeting

John Lamont. Credit: John Lamont.

A local MSP has hit out at proposals to axe a number of bus routes in the Scottish Borders.

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, says he has requested a meeting with First Group, which is considering the cuts.

While these services may not be that well used, in a rural area like the Borders they are vital for some, including pensioners and those who don’t drive.

Instead of cutting services, I want bus operators and the Council to work together to ensure that we have a properly integrated transport system in the Borders which fits people’s needs.

– John Lamont MSP

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Council 'considering' Borders bus cut proposals

Scottish Borders Council says it will be considering First Group's proposals to cut bus routes in the region.

First Scotland East informed the Council this week of its proposals as part of an overall review of its South East of Scotland operations. We will be considering these proposals during the four week consultation period First are required to undertake with the Council.

Anyone who wishes to make their views known on the proposals should contact First directly.

The Council will be consulting separately on its subsidised bus services later this summer.

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Transport group scales back bus cuts

Campaigners handed in a petition against the cuts to evening and Sunday services earlier this week. Credit: ITV News Border

The South West of Scotland Transport Partnership has scaled back plans to cut a number of Sunday and evening services in Dumfries and Galloway. There had been a public campaign and petition against their proposed cuts.

The Partnership was considering the move because of a £315,000 reduction in council funding, however, revised plans to cut just over £200,000 worth of services have now been approved.

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