MSP encourages constituents to get on board with bus bill

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Residents concerned about bus services being slashed have been urged to have their say on a new piece of legislation.

Labour MSP Iain Gray has lodged a Members’ Bill in the Scottish Parliament that would give transport authorities greater power over how bus services are run, including a new franchising power to tender contracts for profitable and non-profitable routes together - protecting lesser-used but crucial services.

The Bill also proposes a power for the Traffic Commissioner to penalise operators where franchise agreements are broken.

The proposal is now out for consultation until the end of August and is being distributed to constituents, community and other interest groups, as well as bus industry bodies and operators.

Elaine Smith plans to hand over her 1600 strong constituency petition calling on better bus services to the consultation and is advising her constituents to get involved.

The Coatbridge and Chryston MSP said: “Buses are a major issue in my constituency and the problems only appear to be getting worse.

“From Bargeddie to Moodiesburn, to Carnbroe to Glenboig, it seems my constituents are not getting access to the reliable, affordable bus services they need and deserve.”

“I support Iain Gray’s Bill for better regulation of bus services and would encourage my constituents to get on board. If you are a bus user please take the time to submit your thoughts on the Bill and how you feel bus services could be improved in this area.”

The consultation can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.

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