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ROSEANNA WELCOMES FURTHER FUNDING SUPPORT FOR BUS SERVICES

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the announcement by Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, of up to £29 million in further funding to support bus operators to maintain bus services between 18 January and 31 March 2021.

 

Ms Cunningham said:

“This very welcome news was announced today in response to a parliamentary question from my SNP colleague George Adam, and I have no doubt that it will be very warmly welcomed by bus operators and the communities they serve.

“For many people public transport is their only way of getting to work or to the shops and – particularly now car sharing is discouraged – buses can be an absolutely vital part of daily life.

“However, the global pandemic has impacted on our bus operators, much as it has on many other sectors of the local and national economy.  

“Social distancing means that capacity has been reduced and cleaning regimes increased. Meanwhile, on many routes, passenger numbers are significantly down as more people, understandably, work from home, shop online and avoid public spaces.

“Hopefully this funding will ensure that they can keep running those buses for the people who would be stranded without them."

 

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NOTE: Today’s announcement of £29 million in further funding to support bus operators to maintain bus services between 18 January and 31 March 2021 is in addition to the £162.3 million in funding that the Scottish Government has been providing since June to support bus services. 

The funding will cover the expected loss of fare revenue due to carrying capacity constraints as a result of physical distancing and reduced demand.

 

 

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