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June 12 2018
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.


Franchising for Scotland

The Scottish Government’s long-awaited Transport Bill, published on 8 June, gives more bus powers to local authorities.

Measures include giving local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) “flexibility” to improve bus services through Bus Service Improvement Partnerships with operators or “where there is a good case for doing so” local franchising or running services themselves.

The legislation has been some time coming. Last spring, Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf (pictured) said it would clear up the “legal dubiety” around whether councils can run bus companies, as currently happens with Lothian Buses.

Details at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/108683.aspx



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