Rumbles worried by increase in fatal road accidents and calls for action on rural hotspots

Commenting on figures published by Transport Scotland today that show an increase of 10% in fatal accidents in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson and North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

“The Scottish Government has had mixed success in reducing serious accidents on our roads but not enough is being done to target safety on rural roads and major trunk roads. Cars are getting faster and safer but our rural roads haven’t kept up and the speeds on many of those roads are not fit for purpose. Countless roads in the North East, Highlands and Borders are just not suitable for cars travelling at 60 miles per hour.

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Scot Govt has failed to act on promise to deliver cycle training for schoolchildren

Speaking during a Scottish Government statement on cycling in Scotland, in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles told MSPs that not enough had been done to deliver on promises to give every school pupil access to cycle training in Scotland.   

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Ministers must put pedal to metal to boost cycling

Speaking ahead of a ministerial statement on Scotland’s cycling action plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has called for a series of measures to boost biking.

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North East Liberal Democrats call for safety review of busy AWRP junctions

Local Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine John Waddell and North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles have written a joint letter to the Scottish Government’s transport secretary calling for a full review of safety on the AWPR, especially for busy junctions such as the one at Westhill.

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Rumbles welcomes changes to organ donation bill, as it is voted through the Scottish Parliament

Speaking in the final debate on the Scottish Government’s Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill today, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles thanked the public health minister for working constructively with him to make changes to the Bill that will help protect people who do not wish to donate their organs after they have died.  

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Farm income falls by £57m in 2018

Farm income in Scotland has fallen from £729 million in 2017 to £672 million in 2018, according to agricultural figures published by the Scottish Government today. Confirming draft figures published by the Office of National Statistics in January.

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3 out of 10 chronic pain patients in Scotland waiting too long for treatment are in NHS Grampian

189 of 653 patients still waiting for their first appointment at a chronic pain clinic, after more than 18 weeks, in Scotland fall under NHS Grampian. According to figures for the first quarter of 2019, published today by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division.

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Immediate action needed to protect our town and village centres

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine John Waddell is calling on the Scottish and UK ministers to take radical new steps to protect high street retail in rural communities, by promoting shared business hubs for vital services.

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NHS Grampian still among worst for cancelling operations

North East Liberal Democrat MSP, Mike Rumbles, has once again called on the Scottish Government to provide NHS Grampian with its fair share of resources. Statistics revealed today by the Information Services Division show NHS Grampian is still among the worst for cancelled operations due to non-clinical reasons.

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SNP bus stop tax rakes in £760,000

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed new figures showing that councils and bus operators spent more than three quarters of a million pounds paying non-domestic rates bills for bus shelters in 2018-19, warning the SNP Government’s “Bus Stop Tax” was discouraging local authorities from investing in facilities.

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