Putting a special bus on a tourist route has been such a success the ‘trial run’ is to be extended.
The pilot ‘Loop’ service from Falkirk to all the major attractions in the area was launched by Transport Scotland in April to support tourism. The distinctive pink coach is operated by local firm First Midland Bluebird.
So far it has carried over 20,000 passengers to and from ‘must see’ locations including The Falkirk Wheel, Helix Park and The Kelpies.
It was due to be withdrawn at the end of the month, but been voted ‘just the ticket’ by so many delighted visitors and locals it will now continue until November 2.
The Loop supports a major drive by Falkirk Council, Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Delivers, VisitFalkirk, The Helix and Scottish Canals to put Falkirk on the map as one of Scotland’s most exciting places to visit.
The council’s spokesperson for the environment, Councillor Craig R. Martin, said: “The extension of The Loop is great news as it supports the effort to make Falkirk a year-round tourist destination.
“The passenger uptake has been extremely positive so far and its continuation helps maintain a great standard of service for visitors as we approach the October school holidays.”
Using The Loop is free for under fives and over 60s who have a concessionary travel pass from the Scottish Government.
For everyone else an all-day ‘hop-on, hop-off’ ticket costs just £5 with a family ticket for four also available for £12. Tickets bought for other local Midland Bluerbird services are valid to be used on The Loop as well.
The bus provides an hourly service between The Falkirk Wheel, the town’s two main railway stations Falkirk High and Falkirk Grahamston, the town centre, Falkirk Stadium, The Helix Park and Kelpies and Callander Park with dedicated bus stop signs along the route promoting VisitFalkirk and providing useful tourist information.