About

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 between Bo’ness-Blackness-Linlithgow. We also offer competitively priced contracted services.

Our organisation is managed by a small enthusiastic group of voluntary trustees, who along with our drivers, transport manager and operations manager, sustain our excellent minibus service.
We not only manage the services, but we are all users of them too, therefore we are very much aware that customer service definitely comes first.

We provide clean, comfortable minibuses along with the highest standard of customer care.

We currently lease two Ford Trend seventeen seater minibuses, own one Ford Trend 17 seater minibus and also own 2 WAV bus which has a lower floor and are capable of carrying wheelchair users.

Our scheduled services operate under a Bus Services Operators Licence issued by the Transport Commissioner.

They are also 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 are are comparable with our competitors. As we are also registered with Public Contracts Scotland and tender for Public Service Contracts.

Our services are all fully covered by Employers & Public liability insurance, breakdown cover and have regular inspections and maintenance. 
All our drivers hold the Certificate of Professional Competence and are all CPC approved.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard.

Recognition

In the past few years, we have been 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

We pride ourselves for the friendliness of all our drivers, who are always happy to help our passengers.

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.

Overcoming Social Isolation

We were the first to respond when the Midday services to our town was removed back 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.

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 advertise on our minibuses and we exchange information on Facebook and other websites. We are very proud of our Town and are also supported by being tagged on the Visit Scotland 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 who use our service to access the John Muir Way and Kinneil Estate.

 

Breaking Down Barriers To Employment

Our services can help community access regular train services into Edinburgh where they have access to the nationwide services.

Friendly Service

We pride ourselves for the friendliness of all our drivers, who are always happy to help our passengers.

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.

Overcoming Social Isolation

We were the first to respond when the Midday services to our town was removed back 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.

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 advertise on our minibuses and we exchange information on Facebook and other websites. We are very proud of our Town and are also supported by being tagged on the Visit Scotland 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 who use our service to access the John Muir Way and Kinneil Estate.

 

Breaking Down Barriers To Employment

Our services can help community access regular train services into Edinburgh where they have access to the nationwide services.

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

Walkers on John Muir Way
Walker boarding the Boness Community Bus
Boness Community Bus with John Muir Way Walkers
Boness Community Bus at Boness and Kinneil Railway
Boness Community Bus passing the Boness Hippodrome
Boness Community Bus Full of Passengers
Boness Community Bus Full of Passengers
Boness Community Bus Boness Passengers
Boness Community Bus Blackness Passengers
Boness Community Bus Blackness Passengers
Boness Community Bus departing Blackness Castle
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