MSP WELCOMES NEW FUND TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUS SERVICES




Local MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the announcement of a new grant to support local bus services while passenger numbers recover from the COVID pandemic.


The Scottish Government has committed £93.5 million of the 2022-23 Budget to support bus operators, due to the changed travel patterns during pandemic restrictions.


Rona Mackay MSP said:


“As passenger numbers recover across Strathkelvin and Bearsden due to the easing of restrictions, I’m delighted to see the Scottish Government offering significant support for Scotland’s bus services.


“Committing nearly £94 million for 2022-23 offers financial certainty for companies and for passengers, and ensures our communities can remain connected by vital local bus links.


“Our travel options play a crucial part in Scotland’s transition to Net Zero - and this grant is an important step in protecting sustainable travel, cutting car kilometres and supporting connected communities across Scotland.”


ENDS


Notes to editors:


The Bus Network Support Grant was announced in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd February.


The draft Scottish Budget (2022-23) commits up to £93.5 million for the Grant, including £40 million of additional funding.

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