Sarah Beattie-Smith today called for an urgent reconsideration of proposals to cut all Sunday and evening bus services across Dumfries and Galloway ahead of a Swestrans Board meeting to be held in private tomorrow.

Scottish Greens Infrasctructure and Investment spokesperson Beattie-Smith said "The decision to cut all Sunday and evening bus services will be a devastating blow for many low paid people across Dumfries and Galloway. Shift workers like nurses, care workers and those employed in hospitality and tourism will find themselves unable to get to work and in some cases out of a job. While those who can afford it will turn to the car, putting more cars on the road and increasing congestion and pollution, and those who cannot will be isolated and cut off from economic and educational opportunities and from society at large. The loss of this lifeline service is a political choice, not an inevitability. We urge Swestrans to reconsider their decision"

Swestrans Board members are being asked to approve the reduction in money available for publicising routes across the region, the removal of Sunday and evening services and also cut the 350 service from Stranraer to Cairnryan, all of which is designed to save £305,488 at a meeting that will exclude worried residents and local press.

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