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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Border buses are back

BUS services have returned to Gretna Central Avenue bus stop after being removed due to anti-social behaviour last week.

The restrictions initially began during August when Stagecoach announced that their 79 and 179 buses would no longer serve the bus stop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 7.30 pm.

This was due to behaviour including throwing food at the buses and youngsters pressing the emergency stop button within the vehicle, which could potentially cause serious injury to those outside of the bus.

Despite these actions, anti-social behaviour continued to occur on the bus and at the stops on either side of Central Avenue, and Stagecoach were finally forced to postpone all services past 7 pm to Central Avenue for seven days from last Tuesday, October 25.

At the time, operations director Tom Waterhouse said: “We have continued to experience issues at other stops in Gretna and on other nights throughout the week.

“As a result of this, we have reluctantly taken the decision to further the curtailment of our services through Gretna.

“We’re sorry that we have had to put this measure in place due to the behaviour of a small group of individuals.”

Tom yesterday confirmed that these services have been reinstated, and buses to Gretna are once again serving Central Avenue after 7 pm.

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