Monica Highlights Local ‘Bus Deserts’ During Scottish Bus Week

“Bus services should be run in the interest of our communities not private stakeholders."


Monica has used Scottish Bus Week to highlight in Parliament the growing issue of communities in Lanarkshire having bus services cut. Despite more people being eligible for free bus travel through the expanded National  Travel Concessionary scheme, residents in Hamilton are among those who have lost bus services.

This has prompted local people affected by the loss of the X1 bus to mount a fresh campaign, following First Bus withdrawing the express service to Glasgow in July 2020.

Coinciding with Scottish Bus Week, residents have started a petition which has gained over 400 signatures. This follows a rally organised by Monica which saw over 100 people gather at the Davington Road bus stop in Earnock to send a message to transport chiefs that they want a bus service reinstated.

Monica commented:

“I commend Earnock resident Lorraine Garrow for launching this new petition and I commend the efforts of local people who are fighting to have a bus service reinstated.

“It’s a disgrace that the X1 was axed. With cost-of-living pressures and the climate in crisis, our communities need access to reliable and affordable public transport.

“Bus services should be run in the interest of our communities not private stakeholders. I encourage people to sign the petition, and I hope that the Scottish Government will accept my invitation to come to Hamilton to listen to the views of people in the town.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.