North East MSP, Mike Rumbles, and local election candidates have joined forces to call for serious action to improve public transport links in the North East following the publication of transport to work data.
Figures produced by Transport Scotland demonstrated that 75% of journeys to work in Aberdeenshire are made by car, the second highest of any local authority area.
Mr Rumbles commented:
“These figures clearly demonstrate the woeful state of public transport links in the North East and a failure by the SNP Government to provide direction and meaningful investment over the last decade. The North East plays host to some of the country’s most dangerous roads and it is appalling that they are the only option for many local people.
“Earlier in the year I questioned SNP Ministers on plans to improve commuter rail services from Inverurie and reinstate rail services from Kintore and Newtonhill. Work will not be completed on the Aberdeen-Inverurie improvements until 2019 and new stations will not be considered until after that. Having called for this work to be done while they werein opposition, it is disappointing that the SNP are doing far too little and far too late.
Alison Auld, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the Inverurie and District by-election said:
“Many people in Inverurie commute into Aberdeen City for work and it is unacceptable that so many people feel they can only get to work by car. Good public transport also has an important part to play in reducing CO2 emissions, protecting our natural environment. Rail and bus routes to the City and across the North East need to be a more attractive option and I would encourage the SNP in Woodhill House as well as the SNP Government to take action on this.
Alistair Mason, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the Banff and District by-election added:
“I am a frequent user of the local bus service here in Banff and find the busses often run late. It’s not the drivers’ fault. Rail travel is simply not an option. It is no wonder that people would rather take to their cars than use services they can’t rely on to travel around the North East.