Bus Industry (Passenger Numbers)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 6 October 2022.

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Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party

We are investing in the bus network to support long-term growth by providing more than £2.1 billion for bus travel over the rest of this parliamentary session. We have extended free bus travel to children and young people under 22, and around half of Scotland’s population is now eligible to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus free of charge.

M ore people are travelling by bus since the pandemic, and I hope to see passenger numbers increase further. The sector currently faces a range of challenges, and, later today, I will convene the first meeting of the industry task force to explore those issues and work together to find solutions.