Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed the announcement of a new grant to support local bus services while passenger numbers recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes after the Scottish Government committed £93.5 million of its 2022/23 Budget to support bus operators due to the changed travel patterns during pandemic restrictions.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Public transport is vitally important, more so in rural areas where passengers can sometimes rely on subsidised services.
“I’m therefore pleased the Scottish Government is committing almost £94million this coming financial year to offer some certainty for bus operators and keep our communities connected.
“In doing so, this also helps with the transition to Net Zero by protecting sustainable travel, reducing car miles and keeping our communities connected as passenger numbers recover from the pandemic.”
The Bus Network Support Grant was announced in the Scottish Parliament on 3 February 2022.
The draft Scottish Budget (2022/23) commits up to £93.5 million for the Grant, including £40 million of additional funding.