Transport Scotland Bill Aberdeen Bus
Transport Scotland Bill squashes plans for council-run bus service in Aberdeen.
17:02 15 June 2018
Aberdeen City Council’s plans to take over the city’s bus network have been derailed after a proposed new law limits the scope for a bid by the local authority. Draft legislation will only enable local authorities to run bus services in very restricted circumstances and would not allow public sector franchise bids.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “This government will not stand by as bus passenger numbers decline.
“Partnership is at the centre of our proposals, with a new model for local authorities to work with bus operators to revitalise services.
“We are also providing clearer options for authorities to pursue local franchising or provide services themselves in appropriate circumstances.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Ross Grant, the authority’s transport spokesperson, said: “It’s disappointing that having been trailblazed as a transport bill that would open up bus services for the public by allowing councils to run bus services, the bill is nothing but a damp squib.”
John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, added: “While we are pleased the bill includes provision for local authorities to provide their own bus routes in areas where communities have been left behind by private operators, it is disappointing that it does not allow for the re-regulation of buses so that local authorities can choose to bring all bus services under public ownership.”