Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, asks the Scottish Government when funding for bus priority infrastructure will be made available to local authorities and has welcomed the announcement that the Bus Partnership Fund has been launched.
The new Bus Partnership Fund will support local authorities, in partnership with bus operators, to tackle the negative impact of congestion on bus services so that bus journeys are quicker and more reliable – encouraging more people to travel by bus.
The Fund will complement the new powers in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and will enable local authorities and bus operators to work together to make bus use more attractive, increasing bus usage and patronage, and in turn lead to greater investment, better services and importantly successful green recovery.
In answer to George Adam’s question, Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said:
“In the 2020 Programme for Government, the First Minister re-affirmed our commitment to the landmark investment of over £500 million in bus priority infrastructure.
“We had paused work on that during the pandemic for obvious reasons, but now we want to look ahead. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Bus Partnership Fund will be launched today.
“This will support local authorities, in partnership with bus operators, to tackle the negative impact of congestion on bus services so that bus journeys are quicker and more reliable, encouraging more people to travel by bus.
“I believe that partnership is key and I want to see ambitious proposals placing bus priority at the heart of holistic sustainable transport futures, linking with active travel alongside further action and investment from local authorities and bus operators.”
Paisley’s MSP said:
“I’m delighted by this announcement and am really looking forward to how increased funding and ambitions decisions will positively impact bus services right here in our town.
“Having a reliable and timely bus network in Paisley is a lifeline for so many so I hope this new fund will encourage others to use public transport and explore our town.
“The Scottish Government have long made accessible and reliable public transport a key priority; not only to ensure all Scots can get out and about safely, but also as part of their ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and making sure Scotland is as green as possible.”