Its time for better buses says Ruskell. As public transport timetables return to normal, Green MSP Mark Ruskell has launched a survey for bus users in Fife, Perth & Kinross and Clackmannanshire.
This follows on from a similar survey in nearby Stirling which showed a high level of dissatisfaction with bus services there.
The questionnaire allows passengers to give feedback on the quality, reliability and value for money of bus services and results will then be used to inform the Mid Scotland and Fife MSP’s campaign to improve the region’s bus services.
Mr Ruskell said: “As restrictions ease and bus timetables return to normal the time has come to think about how we can improve public transport. It’s understandable that people felt less inclined to use public transport at the height of the pandemic, but passenger numbers were dwindling even before COVID-19. In the face of a climate emergency we need to be doing all we can to encourage people out of cars and onto public transport but that means providing a clean, reliable and affordable service. I want to hear about passengers and would-be-passengers experiences from across the region so we can get a clear picture of what needs to improve.
“The Transport Bill, which passed through the Scottish Parliament late last year, means local authorities can now run their own bus services, replicating the successful model used by Lothian Buses in Edinburgh. If the private sector is unwilling or unable to provide an effective service which connects our communities efficiently at an affordable price then the public sector can now step in.”
You can respond to the survey here.