Transport stats show lack of support for public transport

Statistics by Transport Scotland published today illustrate how the Scottish Government has neglected supporting public transport in favour of car travel say the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Transport Statistics also reveals decline in bus use throughout Scotland.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

“What’s made clear by these statistics is the Scottish Government’s continued emphasis on promoting private car use at the expense of public transport. Perhaps it’s little wonder, that there has been a steady decline in bus use throughout Scotland, given how many of us have come to expect long waits for delayed and non-existent buses and how poorly services here compare with other cities in the UK and Europe. The re-regulation of buses would stop companies cherry-picking profitable routes and leaving communities stranded.

“The rise in car use, particularly for journeys to work, illustrates how unlikely the Scottish Government is to reach the target of 10 per cent of all journeys by bike by 2020. Our communities desperately need safe streets for walking and cycling, an ambition that can be supported by making 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas.”