Plan to let Scots councils operate bus services is backed by MSPs

Thursday June 13th, 2019

MSPs have backed proposals to allow Scottish councils to run their own bus services.Government Opportunities

Amendments to the Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 were passed at the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, paving the way for the move.

The first amendment, tabled by Labour, would allow every council in Scotland to run bus services, while the second, by the Scottish Government, would allow councils to set up arm’s length bus companies.

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie, a member of the committee, said: “I’m delighted we’ve finally ditched Thatcher’s ridiculous bus laws.

“Empowering councils to run their own services is a significant step which I believe will lead to better services for bus users across the country.

“Three-quarters of public transport journeys are made by bus, yet the number of journeys has been falling year-on-year as services were reduced and routes slashed. Over the past year, my Better Buses campaign has collected testimony from hundreds of bus users across the country who are crying out for cleaner, affordable and more reliable services. Today I believe we’ve taken a step toward delivering that.”

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