TWEEDDALE MP David Mundell has welcomed the news that a contract for an under-threat bus service has been recommended for approval.

It was feared that the 101/102 service would be lost when its temporary contract runs out next month.

But a new operator – Lockerbie-based Houston’s Coaches – was found to take it over.

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The award of the contract to the firm was recommended by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), a move that Scottish Borders Council is set to back next week.

The Conservative member for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale said: “It is very welcome that SPT have formally approved the award of the 101/102 bus contract to Houston’s Coaches and all that is now needed is sign-off from Scottish Borders Council and the regional transport partnership SWESTRANS.

“Hopefully their sign-off, and confirmation that they are prepared to make the necessary financial contributions in each of the next three years, will be confirmed as soon as possible so that the long-term future of this vital transport link can be assured.”