The Scottish Parliament has voted to allow local councils to run their own bus services, a move that will transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.
Local authorities had previously been forbidden from running most routes thanks to Thatcher era legislation.
John Finnie MSP said:
“I’m delighted we’ve finally ditched Thatcher’s ridiculous bus laws. Empowering councils to run their own services is a significant step which I believe will lead to better services for bus users across the country.
“Three quarters of public transport journeys are made by bus, yet the number of journeys has been falling year on year as services were reduced and routes slashed.
“Over the past year my better buses campaign has collected testimony from hundreds of bus users across the country who are crying out for cleaner, affordable and more reliable services. Today I believe we’ve taken a step toward delivering that.”