FALKIRK DISTRICT WILL BENEFIT FROM NEW TRANSPORT BILL

Boness Bus Station

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES TRANSPORT MINISTER COMMENTS ON BUS TRAVEL

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed comments from Humza Yousaf MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, on what bus travel could look like in the future.

Mr. Yousaf, in an article on Sunday, highlighted the issues faced by the bus industry, and cited a new Transport Bill to introduce “rail-type franchises” in which local authorities could be responsible for public bids to run local bus services, similar to the way in which railways services are operated.

A new Transport Bill will let councils establish Lothian Buses-style municipal bus companies, allowing public v private bidding wars for newly-franchised routes.

Welcoming this prospect, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:

“We all know the issues faced by passengers when it comes to bus travel, particularly in Bo’ness where residents have had more than their fair share of challenges when it comes to the provision of bus services. A new Transport Bill, allowing for local bus services to be operated by local authorities would ensure that those reliant on those services aren’t faced with the prospect of routes being cut because they have become unprofitable.

“The provision of regular bus services, focussed on the needs of local people rather than profit would allow for confidence to come back into our bus services, and would provide a much needed boost to our local communities.

“I am excited to see what this will mean for the future of bus services across the Falkirk district, as I am confident that our communities will benefit from any public sector franchise awarded in future. These comments from Humza Yousaf MSP are certainly welcome, and I look forward to supporting any bill which encourages bus services being back in public ownership.”

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