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Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO

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Registered charity number: SC047023

Bo’ness and Area Community Bus Association is a registered charity which runs a not for profit minibus service from Bo’ness to Edinburgh via Blackness. Our membership is free to anyone over sixteen who lives in the Bo’ness Blackness area. Our organisation is managed by a small group of voluntary trustees, who along with our staff of two drivers, sustain our minibus service.

Because we are all users, customer service definitely comes first. We aim to provide clean comfortable minibuses, and the highest standard of customer care. We currently lease two Ford Trend seventeen seater minibuses, which operate between Bo’ness and Edinburgh under a section 22 permit from the Transport Commissioner. The buses operate on a scheduled service recognised by Transport Scotland, and qualify for Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) and the Concessionary Fares scheme for Aged and Disability card holders.

Our fare structure is designed to be competitive with fares being equal or less than the alternative route via Linlithgow. We also have the option of operating ‘members only’ services under a section 19 permit, which does not qualify for any of the concessions or Grants mentioned above and would have to be run only when full costs are met by the hirer.Our services are fully covered by Employers & Public liability insurance, breakdown cover, regular inspections and maintenance.We wish all our customers an enjoyable, safe journey.

Objectives

Overcoming Social Isolation

Many of our residents have felt isolated since Prentice Westwood services were removed in 2015; leaving 1 early morning service and 1 return in the evening. People, who used public transport to visit relatives, hospitals for appointments, students for access to University or College, or those who previously used the service for leisure activities or shopping, have all had to either make alternative journeys via Linlithgow, which added both time and cost to their journeys, or give up these activities. Since the introduction of our limited service, we have been praised by users who have welcomed the reintroduction of a direct bus service to Edinburgh during the morning, midday and afternoon; particularly those who live in Mannerston and Blackness.

Boosting Tourism

This is another of our objectives that has only been partly realised so far. However, we are in the process of building partnerships with other organisations in the town also dependant on tourism. Organisations like the SRPS Bo’ness & Kinneil railway are already on board with advertising on our minibuses and an exchange of information on Facebook and other websites. We are also in discussions with the Falkirk Trust about information exchanges for the Hippodrome Theatre and Kinneil Estate and Museum. We are proud of our Town and have also made approaches to Visit Scotland to promote Blackness Castle and the John Muir Way. The first signs of success are two people from Warwick who used our service to visit the Steam Railway and two groups of walkers from Edinburgh who used our service to access the John Muir Way and Kinneil Estate.

Breaking Down Barriers To Employment

One of our main objectives is to help overcome barriers to employment. Bo’ness is now primarily a commuter town, with many of its residents travelling to work in Edinburgh. With employment opportunities available on our route at Edinburgh Airport and the Gyle Complex, it is important that those dependant on public transport have access to a service that is affordable, regular and at times that are outside normal office hours. It is our objective to supply such a service and it is our intention to introduce an early morning and later evening service midweek to help those non car owners to achieve employment as soon as possible.

Next Stop

meet our crew

what do we provide you?

Friendly Service

Our drivers are renowned for their friendly flexible courteous approach.

Travel in Comfort

The Minibus type we use is the “Ford Transit High Roof Trend ELWB 2.2TDCi 17 Seat Minibus” . It has many features, that are there to increase the comfort, convenience and safety for everyone on-board.

Booking Hotline

We operate a scheduled service and have a dedicated Booking Hotline for contact. We also have the option to operate members only services.

Booking service available Monday to Saturday from 08.00 am to 17.00 pm or anytime by text.

Mobl:+447376980049

some stats

Miles Travelled
5775
Service Journeys
180
Duck Eggs Collected > Delivered
50
Hens Eggs Collected > Delivered
34

reviews

Shona Mcintosh 
You are a credit 2 oor wee town!!💞

Mitchell MagMitch 
Great achievement and a real bonus for the community.

Joan Mc Farlane 
Well done to everybody involved.Great service.

Graham does a great job looking after all his passengers.

Oor wee toun

Maria Ford 

Well done to you all. Was on the bus this afternoon for the first time only two empty seats. Everyone needs to use the bus to sustain this service. Graham is a credit to you, getting off the bus to help one and all.

Madelene Hunt 

A great enterprise long may it continue.

Birthday Testimonials

Facebook Comments 09/08/17_12/08/17

This is a great benefit for Bo’ness people.

We used it yesterday excellent service.

Use it or lose it, folks! Free for people with concession.

” Much better than the average bus ride and the service is great

 it’s a sociable journey into town

 

Posts 09th to 12th Aug 2017

Really good service

Walkers on John Muir Way

partners & sponsors

Social Entrepreneurs Fund Firstport Logo
Falkirk Community Trust Logo
Falkirk Council Logo
Age Scotland Logo
Visit Scotland Logo
Boness and Kinneil Railway Logo
Boness Motor Museum Logo
Corbie Inn Logo

latest blogs

Busey McBusFace Competition

We are happy to announce that the winning names of the competition have now been chosen by the Board of Trustees and our Independent panel member Maria Ford, who will be crowning the Queen at this year’s Bo’ness Fair. Winners have been informed. The name of 1 bus will be ‘Beau Nessie’, which was submitted by 2 people, who will receive £150 each. A lovely name for our Community Bus in the town on the ness. The 2nd bus will be named ‘The Kinneil Connection’, which draws on the history of the town through the Kinneil Colliery, the Estate/Museum, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, the Kinneil Band and many others……plus the service connects Bo’ness to Edinburgh. This winner will receive £300. One of our buses will be in the Fair Procession with residents of Dean Court and the new names will be on the buses in time for Fair Day. Thank to to everyone who entered and also major thanks to local company Virtue Money who kindly sponsored the competition. We are also grateful to Tesco Bo’ness & Linlithgow, the Library, LIDL and the Blackness Shop for kindly agreeing to site our posters, entry forms and Voting Boxes. Finally, congratulations to the winners! BEAU NESSIE & THE KINNEIL CONNECTION

Passenger Survey

‘Please complete this survey to have your say on our services and help determine our future.’ Survey PDF

Bo’ness Community Bus Newsletter May 2018

As we come up to the end of our first year in operation it is time to reflect on our successes and look ahead to our future developments. Since we started delivering services on the 8th May 2017 we have delivered over 5000 free journeys to concessionary card holders. We have also delivered over 600 journeys to our fare paying passengers. We have contributed to tourism in the area by delivering walking groups to Blackness to start walks on the John Muir Way, visitors to Blackness Castle, the Bo’ness Steam Railway and Museum, the Hippodrome, Kinneil House and the Motor Museum; all of whom are also sponsors for the Bus and we carry their advertising on both Buses. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking those individuals who have made donations either via bus collection or individually. You have supplemented our income by over £2500 which, when supplemented by gift aid, comes to an amazing £3000. Achieving a Bus Services Operators Licence is something that has been forced upon us by proposed changes to the way the Department of Transport allows Charities to operate bus services. As your trustees, we considered that the constraints that Charites will face would be too difficult to run the services that we currently operate, and despite the severe financial implications, we opted to pursue that route. I am happy to announce that we are in the final stages of our application for an ‘O’ licence which will allow us to make big changes in the way we are organised and the services we can provide. We would also like to thank our funders who have shown confidence in our ability to run our own Bus service and have made available much of the funding required to make these changes possible. However, funders also require assurances that money is spent on the specific tasks or reasons for its granting, and all of them want to ensure that the services are sustainable. To guarantee that, we have set specific targets and these are set out below: 1. Building passenger numbers on the Bo’ness to Edinburgh route • To get sustainable numbers means, to put it crudely, getting more bums on seats. • Although we have many regular passengers, we also have a lot of room for more. We must encourage those who have supported us to get their friends on board. • We have a target of raising our concessionary takings by £500 per month by July. This equates to 150 additional journeys a month, 36 per week, or 6 a day; which is only another 3 returns – a highly achievable number. • Our target for fare paying passengers is £700 per month, which we could achieve with a modest increase in numbers. 2. Hires The operator’s licence removes the restriction on ‘members only’ Hires and allows us a more general Hire policy. Although we are limited by actual operations and leasing mileage limitations, we have a modest target of achieving £500 per month through hires. 3. Public Service Contracts The biggest opportunity is in a field that had formerly denied us the ability to tender for public Service contracts. This would provide a real opportunity for expansion. It would open us up to being able to tender for Schools Contracts and subsidised schedule routes. This would open a significant revenue source to us and enable us to examine innovative ways of extending bus services in Bo’ness. Busey McBusFace Competition FANCY WINNING £300? Manual Entry will be available by 11th May on the Bus or in the Bo’ness Library, Blackness Shop, Bo’ness LIDL and Tesco at Bo’ness and Linlithgow and will run until 25th May.

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