The Scottish Green Party believes that regulating buses and bringing rail travel back into public hands can create an affordable, reliable public transport system for Scotland.
We believe that bus companies should be there to provide the service that people need, not what the company wants to provide. Too many people are under-served by local buses, as less profitable routes (e.g. to Kinghorn and Auchtertool) are reduced or withdrawn. Rural areas and deprived communities are particularly hard hit by service cuts and high fares.
Re-nationalising the rail industry would help regulate prices – at present, rail fares can be as much as a third higher in Fife than elsewhere in Scotland.
We also support the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, which is fighting to connect Leven to the Fife Circle Line at Thornton. Levenmouth is currently the largest urban area in Scotland with no rail link.