Bus drivers on their marks for Games

Ten drivers from local bus operator First Borders will be swapping Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk for Hampden Park, The Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this summer and could be transporting some of the world’s top athletes.

First Bus has won contracts to transport athletes, officials and the media, as-well as provide spectator shuttle services at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The ten Borders drivers have volunteered to be part of a 900-strong First Bus driving pool for Glasgow 2014.

More than 300 First Drivers from across the company’s UK operations and around 600 sub-contracted drivers will take part in the games.

One of the ten Borders drivers heading to Glasgow is Derek Gray from Hawick.

He said: “I volunteered to drive on behalf of First at the London Olympics and Paralympics and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was incredible and being so close to the event was an amazing experience.

“All ten drivers are proud to be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and proud to represent First Borders. We’ll be going all out to set new driving and customer service personal bests.”

Derek added: “I’m hoping to be fortunate enough to transport some athletes, maybe even Usain Bolt! “

Managing director of First Borders, Paul McGowan, said: “I’m delighted that ten of our drivers are to be part of the First team this summer and I’ve no doubt they will act as fine ambassadors for First Borders.”