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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19114: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what efforts it is making to increase the number of everyday journeys made by public transport, and what role increasing the number of such journeys can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including what the projected emissions reduction could be.


Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 October 2018

The Programme for Government confirms our commitment to continue to invest more than £1 billion every year in public transport. This investment includes a range of measures to promote behavioural change and make public transport and active travel a more attractive option for everyday journeys. We have also introduced the Transport (Scotland) Bill which aims to make Scotland’s transport network cleaner, smarter and more accessible than ever before by giving local authorities and other road traffic partners the tools to address local needs and develop public transport solutions.

As stated in the Climate Change Plan our behavioural change initiatives have been designed to complement technological change, with one adding value to the other. It is expected that emissions in the transport sector will fall by 37% over the period to 2032.