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S5W-07633: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its publication, Draft Climate Change Plan - the draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032, assumes that there will be no increase in bus use by 2032.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 March 2017

For the purpose of the Climate Change Plan baseline, bus demand in 2035 is projected to hold at its 2015 level.

This baseline 0% rise assumes no further intervention.

However, We are intervening through our continued support to the bus industry to further green the fleet coupled with the broader transport ambition set out in the Climate Change Plan aims to increase both patronage and kilometres above this baseline outcome.

As part of the Transport Bill, we will consult on improvements to the regulatory framework for bus services, which we are committed to exploring with the intention to introduce legislation during the current Parliamentary Session.

All of this is with the aim of increasing patronage.