In this consultation response:

  • We make the point that buses are at the heart of successful public transport networks, are a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland, and are an essential part of the solution to air pollution.
  • We agree with and support the Scottish Government’s proposals to allow for franchising, as long as local transport authorities are given the powers to specify the terms of the franchising agreement.
  • We also agree with and strongly support proposals to allow local transport authorities to run their own bus operations.