Ash Denham MSP has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport to seek the establishment of a Community Bus Fund.
The Fund was a pledge within the SNP Holyrood manifesto and the Edinburgh Eastern MSP would like to see it rolled out as soon as it is practical.
Last month Ms. Denham met with the Community Transport Association charity and the Lothian Community Transport Services to hear how such a fund could support even more people across the Capital and Scotland to access vital public service and employment opportunities.
The Edinburgh Eastern MSP said:
“People across Edinburgh rely on transport services to enable them to lead independent lives – whether that’s accessing public services, going to work or to volunteer, buying food and medicines, or meeting with friends and family.
“I was re-elected on a local campaign pledge to improve public transport services in the constituency and so I have written to the Scottish Government to ask for a Community Bus Fund to be established as soon as possible.
“This Fund – which was a pledge within the SNP manifesto – will support the provision of services across the Capital by allowing the City of Edinburgh Council to look at delivering bus services in a different way.”
Rachael Murphy, Director for Scotland of Community Transport Association, added:
“Delivered by charities and community groups, community transport supports people to live independently, participate in their communities and access local services, amenities and health services.
“At the Community Transport Association, we know that long term investment from Scottish Government, plugged into community transport operators will empower them to serve their communities and be part of a thriving, integrated transport system for Scotland.”
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