No stopping Bo'ness Community Bus

A community bus service, supported by our Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund, has been called "a God send" by its passengers.

Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association has been running a Community Bus Service within the Bo’ness area since 2017, helping residents make everyday journeys without driving.

It recently used Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding to employ a member of staff to help run their service providing a sustainable transport option for locals. 

Despite the difficult circumstances caused by Covid 19, the bus team adapted their service and continue to support their community while also reducing single occupancy car journeys.*

It operates two routes which are vital lifelines for residents -  the C19 which has grown from delivering two return services a day to five a day and four on Saturdays to Edinburgh. 

There's also the F49 service from Bo’ness to Linlithgow via Blackness four times a day including Saturdays. 

Rab Jeffrey, Bo'ness Community Bus SCIO secretary said: "Before the Covid pandemic, we were delivering over 200 journeys per week. These numbers have reduced significantly with social distancing and travel restrictions and current figures are around 100 per week.

"Passengers use our service for a full range of activities for work and charity work, for essential shopping, for hospital appointments, to visit friends and relatives, for study at university and college, for social events theatre, cinema, art exhibitions and access to country and town walks." 

* At the time of writing and video production, journeys were compliant with all Scottish Government Coronavirus guidelines and regional restrictions.