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Old 14th August 2017, 00:03   #106
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The split was because they halved the Galashiels-Edinburgh frequency by stopping the hourly Carlisle buses at Gala. This was the easiest way to keep the 30 min frequency between Gala and Hawick.

I suppose they could re-time the services to run as a through bus and add a separate Gala-Hawick on the half-hour, it might be useful to provide a low floor bus on the short with coaches only on the through bus.

The main problem with competing against the train is the slow journey times in comparison; 50 minutes on the train or 1h30+ on the bus in peak times. First really were rubbish in the region but it was inevitable that the Edinburgh-Gala route would take a hammering when the rail line re-opened. I guess the biggest issue is the traffic in Edinburgh, it is a very slow city to get through and the X95 takes 30 minutes plus to do the 5 miles from the city centre in the peaks.
I can remember when the X95 as able to do it in around just over an hour and that only back 10 years. But the traffic within Edinburgh and the roadworks linked to the new trains never helped. What is surprising is the train now take same amount of time the bus nearly managed years ago.

Who remember the X31? from 17 years ago:#

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Old 15th August 2017, 19:13   #107
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I can remember when the X95 as able to do it in around just over an hour and that only back 10 years. But the traffic within Edinburgh and the roadworks linked to the new trains never helped. What is surprising is the train now take same amount of time the bus nearly managed years ago.

Who remember the X31? from 17 years ago:#


Interesting they had a night service back then
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Old 10th September 2017, 23:14   #108
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Border buses since the start of last monday took over two routes in Berwick area: 267 and 464 after winning the contract


Daveballntyn55 Over on the Yahoo groups postage this very helpful piece:

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Noted at Gala depot today were -

First vehicles still on loan

20302,20371,32672,65747*,65749

*65747 was the victim of an accident involving a stolen van in Edinburgh on Friday evening and has sustained heavy damage to the front nearside.


Craig group vehicles at Gala for repair

10722 SK07 HMH E200 (repairs completed)

11207 YX61 EMK E200 Glasgow Citybus vehicle being prepared for repaint

11019 J100WCM Vo Co coach ex FJ60 EFW rear end damage

19904 R300WCM Ds Pn ex V528ESC had been under repair; there is currently an open topper at Borthwick St Boswells for repaint which may be this one.

Borders Buses

11001 BK10 MFP Vo Wt has had repairs completed and currently at Ferrymill for repaint in red cream livery

Also at Ferrymill being repainted are 2 x 2013 Vo B7RLE Wt ex Whitelaw Stonehouse (presume BF62 UYS/T)

10727/8 (ex First 20326/7) YN57 BVZ/WU are still Yellow but will receive white coach livery at some point

20307, 32676, 65744 were noted on Friday still on loan from First

Not seen Solo YJ64 DWD this week.

Noted pictures on Flickr off 2 secondhand Versa for the Berwick operation

11322 YJ13 HHY https://www.flickr.com/photos/cyuleb...-QCQcWR-QiGVDE

11323 YJ13 HHZ https://www.flickr.com/photos/127079...-YdmY6x-XMaBaG

both ex Newbury & District

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Old 13th September 2017, 12:34   #109
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http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/...us_passengers/

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A LOCAL bus firm is introducing all mod cons for passengers in the Borders.

Borders Buses are currently trialling the latest high-spec vehicles across a number of popular routes.

As well as introducing airline executive-style seating, USB charging stations, dimmable LED lighting and fold down tables, several of the vehicles have sky roof ceilings and wireless bell pushes.

Feedback from passengers will determine what the future fleet will look like.

Nicola Morrison, director for West Coast Motors, said: “We continuously strive to offer an affordable and comfortable travel option and have been overwhelmed by the level of feedback we have received from our loyal customers.


“Our bus routes are shaped around customer demand, and the next obvious step is to ensure the vehicle types and facilities both on and off-bus also meet with our customers travel requirements and expectations.

“From customer research we recognise comfort, luggage space and the use of technologies such as WiFi and USB charging stations is important, especially on longer distance journeys.

“With this in mind, we are trialling several bus and coach types on key lines of route to establish if those vehicles provide our customers with a compelling alternative to car or rail.”

During the summer Borders Buses - which is owned by West Coast Motors - carried out a series of drop-in sessions and also issued feedback surveys to better understand customers’ travel requirements and make improvements.

Over the past couple of weeks they have trialled a number of their high-spec vehicles, including an Enviro400 City double decker and an Irizar i6 coach.

A full review of all routes is being conducted by Border Buses with more vehicles expected to be tested over the coming weeks and months.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, transport spokesman for Scottish Borders Council, told us: “I’m delighted to hear Borders Buses continues to invest in its fleet, and look forward to seeing these high-spec vehicles in operation across the region.


“This announcement is further proof of West Coast Motors’ commitment to providing an improved bus service for the Borders, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to achieve this aim.”

The Enviro400 City vehicle was tested for two weeks on service X62 - Melrose to Edinburgh via Peebles - and X70 - Peebles to Edinburgh - as a demonstrator vehicle on loan from bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis.

The Enviro400 has airline-style seating, seat backs fitted with wireless bell pushes, USB stations, dimmable LED lights and fold down tables. The spacious upper deck has fixed tables and a sky roof ceiling.

The Irizar i6 is a high-end coach, now owned by Border Buses, which has been operating service X70 - Peebles to Edinburgh - and the Carlisle to Galashiels section of service X95.

It is a low emission coach offering free WiFi and designed for customer comfort .

Border Buses will also be launching a mobile app this month allowing users to access bus times, buy tickets and track their bus using a live tracking system.

To provide feedback on the trial vehicles contact Borders Buses at info@bordersbuses.co.uk

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I wonder what the majority of the customers will go for? A better question has to by is why couldnt First done something like this? there being out done by a small independent local bus company, with fingers in lots of pies.
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I wonder what the majority of the customers will go for? A better question has to by is why couldnt First done something like this? there being out done by a small independent local bus company, with fingers in lots of pies.
They probably got Borders at a very good price, so they can afford to do so.
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There is talk border buses are going after the 101-103 Edinburgh to Dumfries route? since the contract is up for renewal.
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They would need an outstation and some drivers in Southwest Scotland to make this doable.

I cannot see them getting over stagecoach to be honest.
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Old 19th September 2017, 00:19   #114
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Are Borders still using the Charlesfield garage, as well as Berwick and ex-First Gala? If so, is it expected that the operation will continue to need all three? With two of them being reasonably close, maybe a third if needed would be better rather closer to Edinburgh.
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