Perryman’s Buses has launched three new bus routes in the Scottish Borders. The services run to Hawick (service H1/H2); Selkirk, Bannerfield and Galashiels (service 73); Oxton and Earlston (service 61). The operator has invested £500,000 in four new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s to serve the routes. The 33-seaters have a range of bespoke features, including comfortable seating with seatbelts, improved lighting and audio CCTV. A range of customised loyalty tickets has been designed for each of the services. This includes Hawick unlimited day travel from £2.60 and Selkirk ten journey tickets from £12.80. Change is given on all buses.
Deputy MD of West Coast Motors (who acquired Perryman’s in February), Nicola Morrison, said, ‘The response to our arrival has been terrific and we look forward to delivering safe, reliable, affordable and greener travel to our customers in the Borders. The long term success of the routes ultimately depends on residents using the services. To safeguard the buses, as best we can, and to ensure we meet local travel requirements, we shall work closely with the Scottish Borders Council and will welcome all feedback.’
… and improves Edinburgh route
Perryman’s Buses has increased the frequency and extended the route of its Edinburgh commuter service 253. Running between Berwick upon Tweed and Edinburgh via Dunbar and Haddington, the service now operates hourly with key commuter timings enhanced during peak periods. Extra journeys to Edinburgh’s west end, including Haymarket Station, have also been introduced. A £600,000 fleet of new vehicles (Four Optare Metrocitys and two 2015 ADL Enviro 300s) will serve the route from October. These vehicles will offer more comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and will be equipped with USB charging stations.
Deputy MD of Perryman’s parent company West Coast Motors, Nicola Morrison, said, ‘Service 253 offers existing and new commuting customers an improved, affordable and reliable travel experience between Dunbar, Haddington and Edinburgh. In October we shall introduce a new fleet of buses to the route, which will be tailored to suit both commuting and long distance travel. We hope our investment plays a valuable part in further improving the attractiveness of bus travel and encourage more commuters out of cars.’