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Time for a fair deal for Scotland’s bus users

Published 04 November 2016 by Jamie Wylie

Transform Scotland’s work on calling for stronger governmental support for buses has recently been featured in Eurotransport.

In a feature article for Eurotransport, the international transport magazine, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, discussed the work that Transform has been carrying out in our ongoing Bus Fair campaign. Buses provide a vital service for millions of people across Scotland and make a significant contribution to the Scottish economy, as well as helping to reduce congestion and air pollution in our towns and cities.

The article sets out the testing situation which bus users and companies are currently facing in Scotland and highlights the worrying decline in bus patronage in recent years. Recent cutbacks to bus services in Dumfries and Moray are indicative that not enough is being done by the Scottish Government to ensure that these vital services are supported. In Edinburgh, bus journey times have increased by 20% over the past 20 years, making bus services less appealing for commuters and shoppers.

Reductions in the reliability and availability of bus services is not just an economic issue, but also a social issue. People on low incomes are heavily dependent on the bus as a means of travel compared to higher income groups. Whilst government support for road projects continue to dominate transport budget spending, bus users are at risk of being left behind.

To read the article in full, see here.