SCOTTISH Borders Council is working with alternative service providers to maintain connectivity across the Berwickshire area and is exploring all options available after Bus operator Travelsure announced that four services will soon cease operating.

The services affected are the Service 32 - Tweedmouth - Berwick - Paxton - Hutton – Swinton, the Service 34 - Tweedmouth - Berwick - Eyemouth – Duns, the Service 236 - Ayton - Eyemouth – Berwick and the Service 260 - Tweedmouth – Duns.

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Travelsure say the services will stop from October 24 2023 due to a national shortage of drivers.

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said that residents affected should refer to the Borders Buses website for alternative routes

The council also said that the Pingo on-demand transport service also operates seven days per week from 7am until 9pm and passengers should visit

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Scottish Borders MP John Lamont said: “I am very disappointed to hear that some bus services in Berwickshire will soon cease.

“People need these services to get to work, to visit friends and family, and to go about their daily lives.

“I will strongly oppose this move and I will be speaking to the bus operator and Borders Buses about what we can do to help local people who will be affected.

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“Scottish Borders Council has reacted quickly and I am pleased to see they are exploring all available options.

“If anyone will struggle to travel as a result of this change, please get in touch with my office and I will help however I can.”