A TRIAL bus service costing £3,000 is set to be provided to a Peeblesshire village to allow school pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities.

At present pupils involved in after school events have to wait around two hours for transport home to West Linton on a Friday night. But Tweeddale West councillor Catriona Bhatia revealed that Scottish Borders Council is considering launching a service to fill the gap later this year.

“It’s difficult to be involved in after school activities if you know there is going to be a long wait for a bus home,” Councillor Bhatia told West Linton Community Council.

“But the council is now looking at running a service on a year’s trial. The additional service would cost £3,000 but the money could come from Quality of Life funding. If it was approved the service is likely to start in August. It will not only benefit school pupils but will also be a help for other members of the community who need to back to West Linton.”