Transport (Rural Areas)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 25 May 2017.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Mairi Evans mentioned a number of things that are absolutely essential to rural life. What she describes causes real problems for her constituents and others, so she is right to do so.

We take the issue extremely seriously. We provide subsidy for bus services through the bus service operators grant, which is paid to operators to help them to keep fares down. For 2017-18, we have increased that budget to £53.5 million. Very substantial funding is given to help local rural transport in particular.