Public Transport

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st June 2007.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative

Question S3W-893

To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to support, expand and promote the bus network in Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

We are committed to improving the public transport experience for passengers thereby providing maximum benefit and easing the commute. We will be working with bus operators, transport authorities and other key industry stakeholders on more effective transport planning, the development of the bus industry, and more effective implementation of the regulatory regime. This includes reviewing Scottish government funding for bus services; expanding Demand Responsive Transport, and reviewing the Quality Partnership and Quality Contract legislation available to transport authorities to improve bus services in their area.

In the current financial year, Scottish Borders Council will receive £356,000 under the Rural Public Passenger Transport Grant scheme to provide new and improved public transport services and related facilities at its discretion. In addition, several voluntary organisations, including Roxburgh Association of Voluntary Service, Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Service and WRVS Berwickshire are receiving funding under the Rural Community Transport Initiative.

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