MSP’s fears over jobs and bus routes

Hawick MSP John Lamont
Hawick MSP John Lamont

HAWICK MSP John Lamont has raised concerns for the staff at Munro’s of Jedburgh after the firm announced it had ceased trading yesterday (Wednesday).

With the bus firm due to hand over many of its routes on August 12 due to a retendering process at Scottish Borders Counci, it has meant that temporary arrangements have had to be made between now and then for the routes it currently operates.

Mr Lamont also called for these routes to be safeguarded in the meantime to ensure that the passengers are not left without a working bus service.

The Tory member told the Hawick News: “It is a great shame to hear that Munro’s has ceased operating, and it immediately throws doubt over the future of its employees. At short notice they have been left without a job while many will still have to provide for their families.

“That is why the top priority now must be to ensure that they are provided with adequate support to make sure as many of them as possible can quickly get back into employment.

“Efforts must also be made to safeguard the ten routes that were due to be run using Munro’s buses for the next month, and passengers will be seeking reassurances that they will still run.”

Mr Lamont added: “It is vital that there is no disruption to the service and that is why I was pleased to see that replacement providers have been put in place by the council.

“It’s important that these now run smoothly, and I would urge local residents to immediately report any problems that occur.”