26 February 2020

The Scottish Transport Statistics report published today has revealed that the number of passenger journeys on buses in Scotland has fallen by a further eight million in the last year under the SNP.

Since the SNP assumed office 13 years ago bus use is down by nearly a quarter, declining despite Scottish Labour policies like free travel for elderly people having led to a rise in use previously.

In the year 2007/08, 487 million bus journeys were recorded - but the SNP has overseen a decline of more than 100,000,000 in the years since.

At the same time passenger fares have increased 22% above inflation, while the Bus Service Operator Grant from the SNP has fallen by a quarter in real terms.

Scottish Labour’s transport spokesperson, Colin Smyth, said :

“It’s clear that 13 years of SNP mismanagement has hit our public transport system hard.

“We’re facing a climate emergency, yet the number of passengers using local bus networks is consistently declining.

“Scottish Labour increased the number of bus journeys being taken when it introduced free passes for elderly people in Scotland.

“Now we’re campaigning for the SNP to offer the same to under 25s in this year’s budget.

“Not only would that help young people access education and work opportunities, the environmental impact of having fewer cars on the road would help the SNP move towards starting to meet its environmental targets."
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