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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17098: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address concerns regarding what are considered failings in bus service provision in West Lothian.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 June 2018

The provision of local services is a matter for operators and local authorities. The Scottish Government itself does not have the power to intervene directly in commercial or supported bus services in Scotland but will continue to encourage operators and local authorities to engage and work together to provide a suitable and sustainable level of service which is appropriate for local needs.

The recently published Transport Bill provides local authorities with a range of options to meet local needs and circumstances, including partnership working with operators, local franchising, or running their own buses in certain circumstances.