1) Bus proposals let companies “wash their hands of unprofitable routes”
Commenting on the publication of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said: “The Transport Minister professes his commitment to boosting bus usage but it’s under his leadership we’ve seen bus travel fall below 400 million journeys for the first time ever.
2) Chronic pain stats offer more bad news for Health Secretary
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today described new statistics showing hundreds of patients in need of chronic pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target as "consistently disappointing".
3) Reliability and freight must take a front seat for rail spending
Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called on Network Rail to make network reliability and freight transport a priority, following the Office of Rail and Road’s latest assessment of plans to spend £4bn on Scotland’s rail infrastructure over the next five years.
4) Rumbles calls for even more ambition on road safety
Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has welcomed figures released today showing a further decline in almost all areas of road traffic accidents in Scotland and called for even more ambition from the Scottish Government.
5) Robust leadership needed to boost rural industries
Following two years of setbacks for Scotland’s agricultural industries, North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed figures published today that show a significant recovery in the sector during 2017.
6) ‘Hands off Stracathro’ - Rumbles writes to NHS Tayside
Mike Rumbles has written to the acting Chief Executive of NHS Tayside amidst rumours that the local health board is planning to close part or all of Stracathro hospital in Angus.
7) Ewing has “woefully mismanaged” farm payments
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, under questioning from North East MSP Mike Rumbles, today confirmed that he wants farm support payments to continue at current levels after Brexit but refused to outline plans about how that money would be spent.
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