JOHN YOUNG samples bus services on the border between England and Scotland, primarily the territory of Borders Buses

LEFT: Borders Buses Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC 11922 (SN69 ZNO) leaves Peebles for Galashiels.

As the name implies, Borders Buses’ smart, attractive red and cream liveried buses can be seen across a large swathe of the Borders region. This is only a relatively recent phenomenon, however.

Munro’s of Jedburgh had a significant presence in the local bus service market until it closed down in July 2013.

Subsequent to this, Perryman’s gained a large contract to operate tendered services across the Borders region, stretching into Northumberland. In turn, Perryman’s was bought by West Coast Motors in February 2016. Later the same year some former First operations were also taken on by West Coast and then in March 2017, First made the decision to quit their remaining Borders operations, with West Coast again picking up the mantle. Four months later, local operations were rebranded to the more geographically appropriate Borders Buses name.

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