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The Oban Times - - Letters -

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.

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