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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12906: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in the (a) rail and (b) bus network in each year since 2007, also broken down by the amount invested in (i) Aberdeen, (ii) Edinburgh and (iii) Glasgow.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 December 2017

Investing in rail is a key priority of the Scottish Government, with over £7 billion committed since 2007 to support Network Rail’s operation, maintenance, renewal and enhancement of the rail infrastructure, and to deliver the economic and social benefits of the ScotRail franchise contract across the full network. This core investment is not disaggregated to individual route levels.

In respect of investment in the bus network we are unable to provide a geographical analysis. The national figures for Support for Bus Services in respect of Concessionary Fares and the Bus Service Operators Grant are published on the Transport Scotland website to 2015-16 - https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-35-2016-edition/. The investment in respect of 2016-17 is £53m for the Bus Service Operators Grant and £194m for Concessionary Travel.

The details of support for the Green Bus Fund are also published on the Transport Scotland website - https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/scottish-green-bus-fund/#45456

The Scottish Government also provided support for the Bus Investment Fund in financial years 2013-14 (£1m), 2014-15 (£2m) and 2015-16 (£4m).