SNP and Tory Councillors block Labour calls for bus regulation

Labour’s calls for South Lanarkshire Council to back bus regulation and more democratic control of bus services were blocked by the SNP, Tory and councillors from other parties.

Members of South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Committee, meeting on the 17th May, heard that bus patronage is falling across Scotland, leading to Labour calls for the Council to write to the Transport Minister and demand that the forthcoming Transport Bill provides for the re-regulation of local bus services.

A bus

Transport Scotland figures have shown that since the SNP Government took office in 2007 there has been a decade of decline in local bus services.

South Lanarkshire Labour Leader, Councillor Joe Fagan said: “There has been huge decline in local bus services across Scotland over the past decade and, in many of our communities, bus passengers have seen services reduced or withdrawn altogether, with far too little consultation and accountability from the bus companies. It’s time to replace Scotland’s broken bus market with a new, fairer system of bus regulation.”

Councillor Joe Fagan

Councillor Joe Fagan

Councillor Fagan added: “Labour called on councillors from all parties to support more democratic control of bus services, more common ownership of bus services and, most importantly, the re-regulation of bus services. That’s how we put passengers before profit and give the travelling public more sustainable transport options.”

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1 comment

Is wee holy Brian Souter still giving them money?.

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