Rumbles: Bus use reduction has been dramatic

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said the reduction in bus use under the SNP has been “dramatic”, after new figures showed it has fallen by 80 million journeys a year.

Figures published today by Transport Scotland showed the number of bus journeys has fallen from “a peak” of 487 million in 2007-08, when Liberal Democrats left government, to 409 million in 2015-16.

Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

“If you listen to every SNP Transport Minister since 2007 you’d be forgiven for thinking everything is fine. The reality is very different indeed.

“The number of people using buses has dropped dramatically, as has the number of buses and journeys available to people. That means more traffic on our roads, less investment in public transport and missed targets on climate change.

“The Scottish Government either are intentionally misleading the public or have no idea of the reality of public transport in Scotland. We need action and real investment now in our bus and rail services so that we have infrastructure fit for the twenty first century.”

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