Weare constantly being encouraged by the powersthat-be to use public transport – quite rightly – for a whole raft of reasons.
Among those reasons are to reduce congestion on our roads, to cut harmful emissions and to benefit the environment.
However, it is increasingly difficult to persuade motorists to leave their cars at home if the public transport service is perceived to be less efficient and user-friendly than we all wish it to be.
For that reason, we have considerable sympathy with Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry community council chairman John Fotheringham, who has questioned why passengers need to wait until November to see an improvement in services.
Mr Fotheringham has raised concerns about the services following the announcement by Scottish Citylink that it is to invest £1.2 million in new buses for the Fort William to Inverness route.
The coach operator is introducing four new state- ofthe-art coaches to the route from November, replacing the current 10-year- old vehicles, whose condition is causing buses to run behind schedule. We urge Scottish Citylink to fast-track the new vehicles into service.