Don’t miss the bus on pub­lic trans­port sur­vey

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Bud­dies are be­ing asked their opin­ions to help shape the fu­ture of bus op­er­a­tions.

Trans­port bosses have l aunched two pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions which are lo­cal bus ser­vices and the fu­ture of smart tick­et­ing.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Humza Yousaf, said: “These two im­por­tant con­sul­ta­tions of­fer a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic and key stake­hold­ers to have their say on the fu­ture of bus ser­vices and smart tick­et­ing in Scot­land.

“Buses pro­vide an es­sen­tial ser­vice to mil­lions of Scots how­ever de­clin­ing pas­sen­ger num­bers pose a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to the in­dus­try.

“The pro­pos­als in this con­sul­ta­tion set out a vi­able and flex­i­ble range of op­tions to help lo­cal au­thor­i­ties im­prove bus ser­vices, work­ing in part­ner­ship with bus op­er­a­tors.

“As we con­tinue to make progress with a Scot­land­wide in­te­grated smart tick­et­ing and pay­ment ser­vice, that can be used across all modes, it is im­por­tant we gather views from trans­port op­er­a­tors, pub­lic bod­ies and users.”

The con­sul­ta­tions are open to the pub­lic now and will run for 12 weeks un­til De­cem­ber 5.

Gavin Booth, di­rec­tor of Bus Users Scot­land, added: “Bus travel is an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in Scot­tish life and Bus Users Scot­land is pleased to see that the views of bus pas­sen­gers are be­ing sought on the el­e­ments of the new Trans­port Bill that di­rectly af­fect them, in­clud­ing smart tick­et­ing and pow­ers that could give lo­cal au­thor­i­ties greater con­trol over bus ser­vices in their areas.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit https:// con­sult. scot­land. gov.uk/trans­port-scot­land/ im­prov­ing-bus-ser­vices

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