New bus services may ease car park issues at BGH

NHS Borders bosses have said new shuttle bus services to the hospital from nearby towns may help relieve ongoing parking pressures.

Three new services have been launched by First Borders which operate every 20 minutes and have been specifically designed to complement shift patterns and visiting times.

The buses run from 6.35am to 10.23pm and link the hospital with Galashiels, Melrose, Tweedbank and Langlee.

David McLuckie, director of estates and facilities for NHS Borders, said: “These additional services will improve access for patients, visitors and staff.

“A commitment to the use of public transport for those travelling a short distance to and from the hospital will reduce demand on our car parks, both short and long stay.”

He added: “We are delighted that First Borders has introduced these additional services. I hope this will encourage more people to consider public transport when accessing the hospital.”

Mr McLuckie added that the health board is concluding arrangements for a ‘trip share’ scheme.

Managing director of First Borders, Paul McGowan, said: “Our H1, H2 and H3 services have been operating for just over three weeks, but already we’re noticing an increase in passenger numbers.

“We’ve worked closely with NHS Borders so that our new timetable better reflects visiting hours and shift patterns and I’m delighted that our new services are off to a good start.”