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27th February 2019
Transport Scotland has today released their annual statistics which reveal that the car continues to dominate our transport system, while bus journeys continue their dramatic decline.
Environmental campaigners have criticised the Scottish Government and Councils for transport and planning decisions that have lead to congestion, air pollution and huge climate emissions from transport.
Friends of the Earth Scotland revealed last month that 7 locations in Scotland are breaking the law due to illegally high levels of dangerous air pollution
Commenting on the figures, Gavin Thomson, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said:
“These statistics paint a grim picture of transport in Scotland. Years of short-sighted decisions by politicians and planners have meant cars dominate our transport system at the expense of accessibility, public health and our climate.
“The continuing freefall of bus passenger numbers is a wake-up call to our politicians: we need to fundamentally change our attitude to buses. It needs to be seen as a public service, necessary to improve air quality, congestion, and ensure everyone can get where they need to go and participate fully in their community.
“Bus users have seen fares rise by 18% in just five years. No wonder the number of passengers has dropped so dramatically. MSPs need to take the opportunity of the Transport Bill to give Councils the powers to run their own bus services and meet the needs of people in their local areas.
“One positive to be taken from the statistics is the improvements Scotland has made in road safety. The number of accidents continues to decline. Casualties are now at the lowest level since records began which must be celebrated as a fantastic success for road safety campaigners.”
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