INNERLEITHEN revellers say they would use a late night mini bus from Galashiels if the service was introduced.

Locals were asked for their views on a pilot contracted taxi service up the A72 following the withdrawal of the late bus.

The wheels were set in motion by Clovenfords Community Council who in turn invited Walkerburn, Innerleithen, and Peebles to get on board.

Following a public consultation by Innerleithen Community Council to gauge interest, 218 votes were cast in the online survey.

Of those who voted 93 percent said they would use the service and only seven percent said they wouldn’t.

Chairman Marshall Douglas said that residents were primarily interested in the late night service on a Friday and Saturday evening.

He said: “The proposed contracted taxi service is being looked at so that people could maybe go to the cinema or have a meal and travel home at a reasonable time, not necessarily pub kicking out time, but a reasonable time in the evening.

"I think it’s worth our while to look deeper at this to see what can be arranged.”

Depending on the size and demand they are looking into the possibility of a taxi minibus that can hold up to 14 people.

Locals wishing to use the proposed service would phone up and pre-book their seat.

Clovenfords Community Council posted a similar survey to every household in the village and Walkerburn is seeking input via the Burning Issues newsletter.

Councillor Stuart Bell suggested that the information gathered across each participating community should be discussed at a meeting with community council representatives and an officer from Scottish Borders Council in March.