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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02426

Protecting Rural Bus Services

Submitted by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Monday, December 6, 2021

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Gosal, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Gillian Mackay, Paul McLennan, Alex Rowley, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

That the Parliament recognises the importance of local bus services, which are often a lifeline that enables communities to access essential services; acknowledges that rural communities are especially vulnerable to the loss of routes, such as the X53 service that connects Clackmannanshire villages to Kinross and Stirling; recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patronage levels, and the impact of driver shortages on service provision but also notes that the rollout of the Concessionary Bus Travel Scheme for under-22s in January 2022 is likely to increase bus patronage, and further notes calls on bus operators to meet the needs of all communities they serve by withdrawing planned service cuts.