Rumbles calls for evidence on workplace parking levy

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called on Parliament to make time available for the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee to take evidence from stakeholders on the workplace parking levy, before making a formal decision on the amendment, as he criticised plans “scribbled on the back of a car park ticket”.

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New figures show support for bus and cycle travel has been bumpy at best

The number of journeys made by bus dropped again in 2017 to 388 million, while the share of journeys by bicycle stagnated at 1.5% despite Scottish Government targets for it to account for 10% of all journeys by next year, according to figures published by Transport Scotland today.

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Almost half of Grampian patients miss Treatment Time ‘Guarantee’ – Rumbles

Only 57.5% of patients admitted to Inpatient or Day case treatment in NHS Grampian were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time ‘Guarantee’ in the final quarter of 2018, according to figures published by the Information Services Division today.

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Lib Dems call for studies into reopening railways

The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Hamilton has today called for radical plans to reshape Scotland’s rail network as it backed a motion from three local parties in the North East asking the Scottish Government to conduct a formal review of a number of closed lines and calling for new stations to be opened on existing lines. 

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No action to reimburse NHS Grampian for £239 million underfunding

The latest figures show that NHS Grampian have been left £239 million out of pocket since 2009, according to the Scottish Parliament’s independent research team (SPICe).

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Transport secretary once again refuses to tell MSPs whether the public purse is exposed to a £250 million AWPR overspend

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport has refused to tell MSPs whether the public purse is exposed to a £250 million overrun claim issued by contractors responsible for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

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James Oates is Going for Gold in Gordon

James Oates, the nephew of long serving former Gordon MP Malcolm Bruce, has been selected to fight the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

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Rumbles welcomes new business hub for Huntly, following bank closure

A former high-street bank in Huntly is to be purchased by the Huntly & District Development Trust (HDDT) to become a hub for small business, self-employed workers and micro businesses.

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ScotRail must shape up or lose contract

Commenting on the Scottish Government issuing yet another remedial plan notice to ScotRail, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“The Transport Secretary is much better at issuing strongly worded letters than he is at fixing our rail service.

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Crack-pot 20mph Bill will result in 1000s of new road signs for North East villages – Rumbles

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has said that thousands of junctions on rural roads in areas such as Aberdeenshire and Angus will require new 20/30mph signs, according to new legislation proposed by the Green Party in the Scottish Parliament.

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