Funding of £4.2m to improve bus services across Scotland

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Bus services are to be improved with £4.2m in funding, Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced.

Transport Scotland's bus investment fund is to be split among 13 projects over three years.

Successful bids include a better park and ride at Kingswells in Aberdeen, bus stop timetables in Fife, and extensions to a southern Highland rural service.

Improvements are planned for the A81 in East Dunbartonshire, as well as rural services in Dumfries and Galloway.

Mr Brown said: "This fund provides local authorities, regional transport partnerships and bus operators with the opportunity to apply for grants which will help to increase the standard of bus services and patronage."

TRANSPORT SCOTLAND'S BUS INVESTMENT FUND

100% Bus Stop Information in Fife

Bus stop timetables

Award £60,000 (Total project cost: £100,000)

Kingswell Park and Choose, Aberdeen

Enhanced park and ride facility

Award £112,500 (Total project cost: £150,000)

Ring of Breadalbane Explorer (Perth & Kinross and Stirling)

Expand existing bus service

Award £135,000 (Total project cost: £270,000)

A81 Quality Bus Corridor (East Dunbartonshire)

Improve roundabouts, bus stops and timetable information

Award £700,000 (Total project cost: £1.8m)

Rural Transport Solutions (Dumfries & Galloway/East Ayrshire)

Efficiencies work to help safeguard existing rural services

Award £67,000 (Total project cost: £102,000)

A947 Mini-Interchange Hubs (Aberdeenshire)

Bus stops along the A947 with small car parks, bicycle sheds and bus timetables

Award £500,000 (Total project cost: £700,000)

Muckhart and West Kinross-shire DRT (Clackmannanshire/ Perth & Kinross)

Create more cost-effective services by replacing low frequency rural bus services by using local taxis/private hire car operators

Award £81,000 (Total project cost: £162,000)

East Inverness Bus Improvement Corridor (Inverness)

15 new buses, real-time bus timetables, improved bus stops, bus priority measures

Award £700,000 (Total project cost: £2.7m)

Service 4 - Passenger Growth through Better Bus Priority (Edinburgh) Projec

Improvement to bus lanes, including use of Selective Vehicle Detection to allow buses to have priority at traffic lights

Award £100,000 (Total project cost: £125,000)

Service 24 - Bus Priority, Infrastructure & Frequency (Edinburgh)

Improvement to bus lanes, including use of Selective Vehicle Detection to allow buses to have priority at traffic lights

Award £406,000 (Total project cost: £466,000)

SEStrans Regional Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI)( West Lothian and Edinburgh)

Purchase and installation of real-time timetables across seven local authority areas

Award £996,000 (Total project cost: £2.27m)

North Lanarkshire Connector Bus Service (North Lanarkshire)

Improved public transport links to a deprived area. Includes funding six buses which SPT will lease out

Award £300,000 (Total project cost: £900,000)

Deeside Community Transport (Aberdeenshire)

Two new wheelchair accessible minibuses

Award £45,000 (Total project cost: £97,700)

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