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Bo'ness Community Bus SCIO

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Registered charity number: SC047023

The Bo'ness Community Bus is a registered charity, which runs 'not-for-profit' scheduled daily minibus services along with a private hire service.
Our membership is free to anyone over sixteen who lives in the Bo’ness and Blackness area.

Our organisation is managed by a small group of voluntary trustees, who along with our staff of five drivers and our operations manager, sustain our minibus service.
Because we are all users, customer service definitely comes first. We aim to provide clean, comfortable minibuses along with the highest standard of customer care.
We currently lease three Ford Trend seventeen seater minibuses, which operate between Bo’ness and Edinburgh and Bo'ness and Linlithgow under a Bus Services Operators Licence issued by the Transport Commissioner. The buses operate on scheduled services recognised by Transport Scotland and qualify for Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) and the Concessionary Fares scheme for Aged and Disability card holders.
Our structure is designed to be competitive with fares being comparable with our competitors. We also run a Private Hire service which is open to anyone who wishes to organise bus services for any event.
As we are also registered with Public Contracts Scotland we are able to tender for Public Service Contracts.

Our services are fully covered by Employers & Public liability insurance, breakdown cover and have regular inspections and maintenance. 
Our drivers all hold the Certificate of Professional Competence and are all CPC approved.
We wish all our customers an enjoyable and safe journey.

Recognition

 This year we were awarded the John McLaren Trophy for outstanding services to the community.

The award is made annually by Bo'ness Community Council in memory of the late John McLaren, the former Bo'ness Journal reporter who served as the very first secretary of the Community Council.

Friendly Service

All 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” . They have many features, all are there to ensure our passengers can travel in comfort and safety.

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

Overcoming Social Isolation

We were the first to respond when the Midday services to our town was removed in July 2016. 
Since we introduced our service in May 2017 over 10,000 passengers have benefited by using their concession bus pass to access free travel.
Many of our local residents felt isolated as they were dependent on public transport to visit relatives, hospitals for appointments, or previously used the service for leisure activities or shopping.
Students also required access to University or College.
Many have welcomed and praised the reintroduction of a direct bus service to Edinburgh during the morning, midday and afternoon; particularly those who live in the rural areas of Mannerston and Blackness.

Boosting Tourism

Boosting Tourism is an objective we are realising through the partnerships we have built with other organisations in the town who are also dependant on tourism. Organisations like the SRPS Bo’ness & Kinneil railway, Blackness Castle and the Hippodrome Cinema are already on board with advertising on our minibuses and an exchange of information on Facebook and other websites. We are proud of our Town and our approaches to Visit Scotland have resulted in inclusion on their website.
This approach has resulted in tourists from throughout the world using our service to visit the Steam Railway, Blackness Castle and groups of walkers from Edinburgh who use our service to access the John Muir Way and Kinneil Estate.

 

Breaking Down Barriers To Employment

From September 2018 we increased these services to include an early morning and later evening service, realising one of our main objectives, helping 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.

Friendly Service

All 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” . They have many features, all are there to ensure our passengers can travel in comfort and safety.

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

Overcoming Social Isolation

We were the first to respond when the Midday services to our town was removed in July 2016. 
Since we introduced our service in May 2017 over 10,000 passengers have benefited by using their concession bus pass to access free travel.
Many of our local residents felt isolated as they were dependent on public transport to visit relatives, hospitals for appointments, or previously used the service for leisure activities or shopping.
Students also required access to University or College.
Many have welcomed and praised the reintroduction of a direct bus service to Edinburgh during the morning, midday and afternoon; particularly those who live in the rural areas of Mannerston and Blackness.

Boosting Tourism

Boosting Tourism is an objective we are realising through the partnerships we have built with other organisations in the town who are also dependant on tourism. Organisations like the SRPS Bo’ness & Kinneil railway, Blackness Castle and the Hippodrome Cinema are already on board with advertising on our minibuses and an exchange of information on Facebook and other websites. We are proud of our Town and our approaches to Visit Scotland have resulted in inclusion on their website.
This approach has resulted in tourists from throughout the world using our service to visit the Steam Railway, Blackness Castle and groups of walkers from Edinburgh who use our service to access the John Muir Way and Kinneil Estate.

 

Breaking Down Barriers To Employment

From September 2018 we increased these services to include an early morning and later evening service, realising one of our main objectives, helping 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.

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.

 

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

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