First Borders improves X62 and X95
First Borders has revealed a series of improvements for two services linking the Borders with Edinburgh. Firstly, service X95 on the famous ‘Waverley’ route between Edinburgh and Carlisle via the Borders is receiving a ‘facelift’. Since the beginning of the 16th Century the ‘Common Ridings’ have formed an integral part of Borders tradition. In order to reflect the annual celebrations where hundreds of locals ride their horses through Borders’ towns protecting their territory, First has re-named the route ‘X95 The Ridings’. All ten buses will sport bespoke new liveries.
Secondly, building on the recent improvements to Service X62 frequency (buses now operate every 20 minutes instead of every 30), all buses on the route are set to benefit from the installation of free wi-fi, with six double deckers given a distinct eye catching new tartan livery based on the Borders’ local heritage. To help promote the improvements, all First Borders drivers have the option of wearing a kilt to work on 28 June to mark the end of the Common Ridings celebrations. In order to encourage more people to try the improved bus services, First has posted leaflets, which feature bus discount vouchers totalling more than £185k to over 15,000 households on the routes.
MD of First Borders, Paul McGowan, said, ‘Our X62 and X95 buses have undergone a makeover and I’m delighted with the final results – they look fantastic. I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to introduce a new look and feel to the buses that I’m confident will be welcomed by customers. I’m pleased too that passengers will benefit from free wi-fi on Service X62. Having seen the success and popularity of the free wi-fi on our service X95 services over the last 12 months, it was an easy decision to give X62 customers the same benefits. We want more people to travel by bus, and to travel by bus more often. At First Borders, we are working hard to improve our services so that we can attract more customers. We’re confident that these improvements to X62 and X95 services will prove popular with customers and help attract more people out of their cars and onto the bus.’