Subsidised service

BUSES between and around Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick are being subsidised to keep the service going.

Scottish Borders Council stepped in earlier this week to part-fund service 20 which runs the largely evening and Sunday journeys in these town areas.

First tried to run the route on a commercial basis from May this year. But an SBC spokesperson said: “The firm recently advised that some of the journeys were not profitable and that they would stop operating them from Monday.”

Local company Munro’s of Jedburgh has taken over operation of the service.

The spokesperson said: “These are generally the late evening journeys and all of the Sunday journeys.

“A new timetable with full details of all journeys and the various operators is being published by SBC.

“All essential journeys which are currently well used for work, school, shopping and health purposes are being retained.”

SBC’s executive member for roads, Councillor Jim Fullarton, said: “It is important that service 20 should continue to meet the needs of the people of Jedburgh, Hawick and Kelso, and the council is happy to step in to support these socially-necessary journeys.”