Planning transport services

Significant changes are being planned to the way public and community transport services are provided across the Borders.

Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Borders College, housing associations and registered social landlords, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and voluntary sector organisations are working together to create a framework for passenger transport services in the region over the next four years.

The framework is being split into four lots: short notice and urgent transport; mainstream education transport to and from schools and colleges; health, social care and non-emergency patient transport; and supported local bus services.

Local taxi firms, bus companies and coach operators, as well as the voluntary sector, are being encouraged to tender for the work.

A series of information sessions are taking place with operators next week.

Chair of the board Helen Forsyth, chief executive of Berwickshire Housing Association, said: “As a Community Planning Partnership we recognise how important transport is in the Borders and the significant issues people face in getting around. By working together to plan and co-ordinate transport activity we think we can address some of these issues and make real improvements in transport in our area.

“ This joint framework is a significant milestone for the CPP in collaborative working and offers real opportunities to co-ordinate transport services more effectively and efficiently.”

Transport services meetings will be on:

Monday, August 25- bus and coach operators at Borders General Hospital Education Centre, Melrose

Tuesday, August 26 - bus and coach operators at Lanark Lodge Day Centre, Duns

Wednesday, August 27- taxi operators at Lanark Lodge Day Centre, Duns

Thursday, August 28- taxi operators at BGH Education Centre, Melrose