Bus service lets teens down

New youth group at the Duns Youth Centre. The group is a collaboration between 2 projects, 'Farming 4 All' and 'Healthy Connections' who have both received funding from Scotland's Big Lottery Fund. The aims of the projects are to increase young people's confidence by improving their skills, through education and personal development.
New youth group at the Duns Youth Centre. The group is a collaboration between 2 projects, 'Farming 4 All' and 'Healthy Connections' who have both received funding from Scotland's Big Lottery Fund. The aims of the projects are to increase young people's confidence by improving their skills, through education and personal development.
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Molly Hume, Amy Swan and Charley Young regularly attend the Connect Berwickshire Youth Project in Coldstream, and have a real problem with the transport in their area.

They have friends at school who live in Duns and other local towns, but have a problem getting to see them.

Indeed, most young people from Coldstream enrolled at Berwickshire High School have friends in Duns, but find it difficult to get there because of the lack of bus routes.

Buses don’t run frequently to and from Coldstream and there is no bus route directly to Duns.

To get a bus from Coldstream to Duns, they need to get a bus that first goes to Berwick, and then to Duns. This takes around two hours and costs over £5 return.

By the time they have travelled to Duns from Coldstream like this it’s already time to catch a bus to go home.

The only other option is ask their parents to take them to other places, but they would rather have their independence. “It isn’t fair that all the other towns can get buses to loads of places, but we only have one route.” says Molly.

Amy states: “Even the smallest towns in Berwickshire have better bus routes than Coldstream.”

OLIVER WRIGHT