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Finnie welcomes Coul Links ‘Call in’

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has today (24/08/2018) welcomed news that the Scottish Government will ‘call in’ the Coul Links planning application.

Mr Finnie wrote to the Scottish Government in June requesting that they call in the application.

Commenting, Mr Finnie said:

Finnie questions government's commitment to public bid for Scotrail

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

A Green MSP is calling out what he sees as insufficient progress on the Scottish Government’s attempts to facilitate a public bid for ScotRail after ministers revealed the next franchise competition could effectively be delayed by three years.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, received a letter from the transport secretary that revealed the government will now also “give equal treatment” to private sector bidders.

Mr Finnie, the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

Serco Charging Premium Rate for RET Rebate

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Serco, the multinational company currently charged with operating the Northern Isles Ferry Services franchise, has been accused of acting in bad faith after charging customers premium rates to claim a rebate following the introduction of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET).

Mass culling of mountain hares must stop, says Finnie

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to urgently introduce a moratorium on the culling of mountain hares in the Highlands as new figures reveal the number of mountain hares in the eastern Highlands has dropped by more than 99 per cent since 1954.

Mr Finnie said:

    “Scottish Ministers have repeatedly stated that they do not support mass culling of mountain hares, yet it is happening all the same.

Greens call for north rail improvements

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

The Scottish Green Party is calling on the Scottish Government to deliver on its promises by urgently investing in improvements to rail services in the north.

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, and Strathspey and Badenoch Councillor Pippa Hadley, have made the call in the wake of Transform Scotland highlighting the Scottish Government’s failure to meet journey time improvement commitments it made ten years ago.

Mr Finnie said:

Greens oppose damaging west coast seaweed dredging proposal

Fri 24 Aug, 2018

Ahead of a Marine Scotland consultation closing tomorrow, a Green MSP is outlining his opposition to a proposal to allow for the mechanical dredging of wild seaweed in the waters off Scotland’s west coast.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ Highlands and Islands MSP, says kelp beds, which would be damaged by dredging, are home to many marine species and play a role in fighting climate change by protecting the shoreline from erosion.

Finnie questions governments commitment to public bid for ScotRail

Thu 23 Aug, 2018

A Green MSP is calling out what he sees as insufficient progress on the Scottish Government’s attempts to facilitate a public bid for ScotRail after ministers revealed the next franchise competition could effectively be delayed by three years.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, received a letter from the transport secretary that revealed that the government will now also “give equal treatment” to private sector bidders.

Mr Finnie, the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

New Transport Secretary challenged to prioritise bus & rail, and drop outdated obsession with more & bigger roads

Wed 15 Aug, 2018

New Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is being challenged to prioritise bus and rail services, and drop the government’s “outdated obsession” with building more and bigger roads, as the Scottish Greens point to the failure of a £500million motorway project that promised to cut journey times by 20 minutes.

Public transport is a public service and it should be run as such

John Finnie MSP Fri 20 Jul, 2018

“The biggest problem with the bus service is evenings and weekends. They start too late and finish too early,” says Catriona in Beauly. She’s one of hundreds of people who’ve been contributing in recent months to my Better Buses campaign. Bus journeys account for more than three quarters of all public transport journeys, and the crisis in this vital public service needs to go straight to the top of the new Transport Secretary’s to-do list.

New Transport Secretary needs to get on board with public opinion on bus services

Wed 4 Jul, 2018

New Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has work to do to get on board with public opinion on bus services, according to polling results published today (4 July) by the Scottish Greens.

Last month the Scottish Government published a long-awaited Transport Bill, which would enable public bodies to step in where private operators fail but Greens warn that this will not stop commercial interests "cherry-picking" the most profitable routes.