About Our Service

Border Rambler volunteers
Some of our Border Rambler volunteers

From July of 2014 Cumbria County Council attended meetings of all Parish Councils in our areas, east of Carlisle, to find if anyone would be interested in coming forward to help find a solution to the problem of bus service and subsidy withdrawal around our area. There was a model to follow which was that of Fell Runner which has now been going for more than 40 years. The Transport Team managed to delay the subsidy withdrawal to give time for an alternative. The Community Development and Transport Teams, Rhian Davies and Caroline Watson respectively helped enormously keeping us on track towards the end product of running a volunteer bus service, The Border Rambler Rural Transport Service has now been running for 8 years.

From that and subsequent meetings we saw the formation of a small number of interested parish councillors, who met on a frequent basis to discuss ways forward. Initially the group had to discuss an area from Gilsland and Alston towards Brampton, and all villages south of the A69 to North of the A689 with links to include Brampton and Carlisle, something in the order of 9 routes. Some of these routes are being trialed by commercial companies and if they decide the routes aren’t viable we will endeavour to fill the gap. This is where we will need the most help, development of new routes and maintaining our volunteer numbers.

SP Training have helped with the same and provided off street secure parking too. We are only able to provide this service with the selfless help of our volunteers not all of whom come from the areas affected by the cuts. The Border Rambler project would fall flat without our volunteers.

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