Muckhart Village from Seamab

Scottish Parliament Debate on Protection of Rural Bus Services – 15 December

In response to the planned suspension of the x53 and other bus services in rural areas there will be a Member’s debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow evening around 17.15. Mark Ruskell, MSP for  Mid Scotland and Fife, has secured the debate .

Motion ref: S6M-02426

That the Parliament recognises the importance of local bus services, which are often a lifeline that enables communities to access essential services; acknowledges that rural communities are especially vulnerable to the loss of routes, such as the X53 service that connects Clackmannanshire villages to Kinross and Stirling; recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patronage levels, and the impact of driver shortages on service provision but also notes that the rollout of the Concessionary Bus Travel Scheme for under-22s in January 2022 is likely to increase bus patronage, and further notes calls on bus operators to meet the needs of all communities they serve by withdrawing planned service cuts.

Asked by: Mark Ruskell

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