New Scottish Transport Bill welcomed by Bus Users

New Scottish Transport Bill welcomed by Bus Users

Bus Users has welcomed the new Scottish Transport Bill, announced today, as it could pave the way for a new deal for Scotland’s bus passengers.

Designed to help make Scotland’s transport network cleaner, smarter and more accessible, it aims to empower local authorities and establish consistent standards to tackle current and future challenges, while delivering a more responsive and sustainable transport system.

Gavin Booth, Director for Bus Users Scotland, said: “We believe that the emphasis on partnership will benefit passengers. From our complaints and monitoring work we know that reliability and punctuality are the two aspects of bus travel in Scotland that most concern bus passengers. Practical partnerships involving bus operators and local authorities could address these issues by tackling congestion, which in Scotland’s urban areas is the main contributory factor to bus service delays.

“Many bus passengers are less concerned about who owns and runs the buses than they are about reliability and punctuality, which is where good partnerships could help.

“Bus Users UK champions bus services that are affordable and accessible to everybody, with clear, easily understood and up-to-date information on services and fares. It appears that the new Scottish Transport Bill addresses these issues and we welcome its publication.

“More than 1million bus journeys are made every day throughout Scotland, so an efficient network of bus services is essential for the Scottish economy, getting people to work, school, college, hospital and the shops. We hope that initiatives made possible by this Bill will encourage more people to use their local buses."

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