Bus users in the Scottish Borders can now take their bikes on board due to a £750,000 investment in bike-friendly buses. Borders Buses, which operates in the Scottish Borders, Lothian, Berwick and Cumbria, has introduced three new Enviro400s to its X62, Peebles to Edinburgh, route.
The double deck buses have been custom designed and built by Alexander Dennis with each bus accommodating up to two bike bays with two additional bays being added to each vehicle by the end of May, following positive feedback from customers.
Designed with commuters, local and touring cyclists in mind the bike-friendly service is aimed at minimising car journeys by encouraging motorists to use bike and bus as an alternative and greener way to travel.
“We recognise the way we travel is changing and active travel is increasingly becoming a popular choice with people from all walks of life,” says Lee Young, operations manager, Borders Buses. “As a key transport provider, we are committed to continuously tailoring our product offerings to meet those changes in travel demand.
“One bike-friendly bus could potentially take up to 76 cars off the road. With congestion in our towns and cities an ongoing issue it makes sense for commuters to ditch the car in favour of bus and bike.”
Scottish Borders council leader Shona Haslam adds: “The Scottish Borders is the leading cycling destination in Scotland, from the forests which provide a world-class mountain biking offering to the various cycling routes that allow people to explore our fantastic area.
“Tweeddale in particular has an excellent offering for cyclists of all ages and abilities, including the recent extension of the Tweed Valley multi-use path and opening of the e-Bike Hub in Innerleithen. The provision of these brand new bike-friendly vehicles by Borders Buses on the main service through Tweeddale will be hugely welcomed by local people and visitors and we hope will see even more people travel here to experience the Scottish Borders.”
Charlie Miller, regional sales manager, Alexander Dennis, says: “We are delighted to see the buses on the road. Developing them has been a real partnership approach between Borders Buses and Alexander Dennis.
“We have worked together to find this fantastic solution to carrying bikes on buses. Built locally in Scotland, these new Enviro400 buses will be a real boost to active travel in the Borders.”