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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.

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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.

 

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partners & sponsors

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Falkirk Community Trust Logo
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Age Scotland Logo
Visit Scotland Logo
Boness and Kinneil Railway Logo
Boness Motor Museum Logo
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Operator’s Licence

TRAFFIC COMMISSIONER APPROVES OPERATORS LICENCE FOR BO’NESS and AREA COMMUNITY BUS   After much waiting and nail-biting we finally received notification this morning that our Bus Service Operators licence has finally been granted. Our small team of trustees have been working tirelessly over the last six months raising funds and preparing our marketing for us obtaining an Operator’s Licence. We have done much since we started operating in May of 2017 when we addressed the fact that commercial operators had abandoned the midday services to Edinburgh. We took up the challenge and introduced the first scheduled Bus Service in Scotland, delivering a regular service between Bo’ness and Edinburgh. On the back of our success, Citylink supplemented our service by diverting the 909 to go via Bo’ness although they miss out the Town centre and the rural communities of Mannerston and Blackness.

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Blackness Inn now open

Been down at the newly opened Blackness Inn today to make contact with the owner and leave timetables and brochures. Walter is doing a magnificent job promoting our Community Bus to all of his customers. The place was busy with passing trade today for the Castle and the John Muir Way; some people walking from Bo’ness. He has also been serving several foreign tourists who travelled on our bus this week from Edinburgh. Another great partnership arrangement! Pop in for a coffee or something stronger! The Community Bus stops outside the door. And you can walk back or take a later bus. Food is not served yet but will be in a few weeks. Thank you for your hospitality, Walter.    

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