Date lodged: 16 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that bus services are protected for remote and rural communities.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 June 2016
The Scottish Government provided in 2015-16 £53.4 million subsidy for bus services through the bus service operators grant, which supports the bus network and benefits passengers by helping to make fares more affordable. Payments are based on the distance buses are operated, which is of particular assistance in rural areas where the routes are generally longer.
Funding is also provided to local authorities in their annual settlement to support services they consider socially necessary and for community transport services, which can play an important role in rural transport networks.