MACDONALD WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONFIRMATION THAT FORTHCOMING TRANSPORT BILL WILL IMPROVE BUS SERVICES IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

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Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that it will bring forward a Transport Bill which will provide an important opportunity to improve local bus services and tackle declining patronage of buses.

Writing to Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, of which Angus MacDonald is Depute Convener, the Scottish Government states “we will look at how we can improve the options available to local authorities to influence and improve bus services in their area.”

The Scottish Government continued:

“The Transport Bill will increase the ability of transport authorities to work with operators in partnership to deliver a jointly agreed local network of bus services which meet local needs.”

“Local franchising will also be available to local authorities where there is a case for it”.

“The Government is taking action and developing legislation which will change the current regulatory environment for buses.”

Speaking at Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee last Thursday (28/4/17) Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“I very much welcomed the announcement by the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf that a Transport Bill would be coming forward and I was particularly encouraged by the suggestion that ‘local franchising’ could be introduced which would effectively enable local authorities to become bus operators if they wished to, and I would wholeheartedly welcome any legislation that would make such a development easier for Falkirk Council to develop.

“Clearly, during the passage of the Bill through Holyrood there will be opportunities in consultation and in Parliament for people to comment and contribute to the developing bus policy.

“I look forward to playing my part in empowering local action regarding buses within the national framework, firmly aimed at enabling the bus sector to fully deliver its potential.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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