Today we were delighted to host First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon at our Central Garage to help announce the Scottish Government’s new £500million fund to improve bus priority infrastructure.
We were joined by colleagues from First bus, Xplore Dundee, Borders Buses and Stagecoach East Scotland for the visit.
Richard Hall, Managing Director, Lothian:
Lothian welcomes today’s news from the First Minister announcing significant government funding to improve infrastructure for buses.
As an industry we have always demonstrated that bus travel creates modal shift and encourages active travel journeys whilst delivering long term health, environmental and economic benefits.
However the impacts of ever increasing congestion must now be dealt with to ensure that bus can deliver against this positive announcement today from Scottish Government. This will give the opportunity of additional investment to enhance measures already being implemented by operators to encourage active travel and modal shift.
We look forward to working on proposals with both National and Local Government to address the impacts of ever increasing congestion and further speed up journey times to enhance the public transport offering for customers across our capital city and surrounding areas.