From Monday 17 July 2017, Borders Buses and Perryman’s Buses shall merge as one brand, and will be known as Borders Buses. Borders Buses is a wholly owned subsidiary by West Coast Motors, a privately-owned transport company.
The joining of the two brands will expand Borders Buses’ operating network to include the Scottish Borders, Cumbria, Northumberland, East Lothian, Midlothian and the City of Edinburgh.
To coincide with the name change, the bus company will introduce 10 Journey tickets to its network ticket range, with four weekly and annual tickets expected to be added to the ticket options when the bus company launch its mobile app in September. Customers will also benefit from transferable tickets on common lines of routes.
This will include service X95 and 73 (between Galashiels and Selkirk only), service X62 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Melrose only), service 71 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Melrose only). Service 61 and 60 (between Galashiels and Earlston only) and service 67 and 60/67/68 (between Galashiels and Earlston/St. Boswells only and Galashiels and Leaderfoot).
Over the coming months the Perryman’s Buses’ brand will be replaced, with all vehicles being rebranded in Borders Buses red and cream livery. There will be no immediate change to current timetables.
Claire Lark, operations manager at Borders Buses, previously Perryman’s Buses, said: “It’s exciting times and we look forward to rebranding the business as Borders Buses.
“The move to merge both brands makes perfect sense and will ensure we are being not just operationally efficient, but making full use of our combined resources too. It’s also great news for our customers who can now enjoy the benefits of an extensive bus network and the use of transferable tickets on common routes.”
Lee Young, operations manager of Borders Buses, said: “Since March we have worked closely with our colleagues at Perryman’s Buses and look forward to the opportunities the rebranding creates.”
“Over the past few months we have engaged with our customers and the communities we serve. This move to extend our operating network and tailor our tickets around their travel requirements and I hope demonstrates we are listening and are committed to delivering a first-class bus service in the Borders and beyond.”
Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “The council welcomes the decision by West Coast Motors to rebrand all bus services in the area as Borders Buses.
“The decision will make it easier for passengers to use services, as will the extension of Borders Buses’ network ticket range and the new mobile app which will be launched in the coming months. We look forward to continuing to work with both West Coast Motors and Borders Buses to improve bus services across the Borders.”
Picture shows, from left: Tony McConnell (operations supervisor, Borders Buses), Lee Young (operations manager, Borders Buses) and Claire Lark (operations manager, Borders Buses).