Bus upgrade plans in Scotland “abandoned”

A budget to transform public transport and make it greener in a large part of Scotland has been withdrawn by the Scottish government.

The Herald newspaper reports issues with funding has led to the scrapping of plans to electrify a bus fleet.

It says it has emerged that the Scottish Government has slashed funding for projects run by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which is responsible for planning and coordinating regional public transport and is responsible for operating the Glasgow Subway, the third-oldest in the world.

Its capital grant which is relied on to modernise public transport, including the decarbonisation of bus fleets has been slashed from around £15m to zero.

The Scottish Government has also decided that its contribution to the modernisation of Glasgow’s subway, which is almost 130 years old, is also cut from around £13m a year to zero.

(File picture – Alexander Dennis)

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