Rumbles: Survey shows need to shift transport plans up a gear

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said today that the SNP Government needs to shift its transport plans up a gear after a new survey showed satisfaction in public transport continuing to slide.

The answers to the transport and travel related questions in the Scottish Household Survey show that in 2018:

  • The percentage of adults very or fairly satisfied with their local public transport dropped from 75% in 2014 to 65% in 2018.
  • Fewer journeys under 2 miles were made by walking last year.
  • Just 1.4% of all journeys are made by bike, far short of the Scottish Government’s 10% target for 2020.
  • More people are considering buying an electric car or van, but range anxiety is the main thing putting people off.

Mike Rumbles commented:

“Satisfaction in public transport continues to slide and its not hard to see why. Unreliable doesn’t come close to describing Scotland’s trains, buses are expensive and the SNP still haven’t delivered on their ferries promises, especially for the Northern Isles.

“What’s more, the government’s ambition to get more people cycling hasn’t been backed up with action and as a result this flagship policy has fallen flat.

“If the government is serious about the climate emergency then it needs to shift its transport plans up a gear. It must make preparations now to put Scotrail into new hands, deliver on its many promises on ferries and act on my call - backed by Parliament - for every schoolchild to have the opportunity to benefit from cycle training.”

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