Bus firm First has been criticised after excluding Bo’ness residents from a zone that gives cheaper travel to other towns in the council area.
The company is changing its fares in a new ‘one zone one ticket’ system from Sunday for the whole of the Falkirk Council district – except for Bo’ness.
First says the changes are being brought in to cover the “majority” of its customers in the “key bus corridors” in Falkirk and it will consider including Bo’ness in the future once the pilot period ends in August. Bo’ness councillor Adrian Mahoney said: “Bo’ness has been part of the Falkirk area since 1975 so I think it’s odd we are being left out of the zone.
“Services in Bo’ness have been withdrawn in recent years so this is another blow. It would be a positive to include Bo’ness as tourists can move on from here to Falkirk and I will be expressing this view to First.”
A First spokesperson said: “Our new ticket zone covers key bus corridors in Falkirk and those used by the majority of our bus passengers.
“As with any new scheme we will be monitoring demand and usage closely and will certainly look to roll it out further to areas including Bo’ness should it prove successful.”
Paul McGowan, managing director of First Midland Bluebird, said: “We’re trialling this new zone and price until August for now to encourage more passengers to get on board with us and we hope to bring it in permanently if it proves successful.”