Hundreds of Scottish phone boxes earmarked for axe
BT is proposing to remove hundreds of phone boxes across Scotland in a fresh round of cuts.
It has earmarked 650 around the country - about 20% of the national total - to be taken out of service.
A previous programme saw about 1,500 closed - with hundreds of them "adopted" by their local community for a variety of uses.
If this round goes ahead it would leave about 2,600 phone boxes - a reduction of more than 60% since 2003.
The areas most affected by the latest removals would be the Highlands (110) and Scottish Borders (95).
Thirty or more could go in Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Fife and South Lanarkshire.
BT stressed it was not proposing the removal of any payphones on the Scottish islands or in areas where there was no mobile coverage.
Consultation on the plans will be carried out by the individual councils involved - as required by regulator Ofcom.
"Most people now have a mobile phone and calls made from our public telephones have fallen by around 90% in the past decade," said a BT spokesperson.
"We consider a number of factors before consulting on the removal of payphones, including whether others are available nearby and usage."
As part of the latest consultation, the company said it was offering communities the chance to adopt traditional red phone boxes for £1.
It said nearly 400 had gone down this route already and were used as libraries, defibrillator stations and even a mini-disco.
"The need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is also diminishing all the time, with at least 98% of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage," the spokesperson added.
"This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it's now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider."
Where are the boxes going?
- Aberdeen City - 13
- Aberdeenshire - 30
- Angus - 16
- Argyll and Bute - 38
- City of Edinburgh - 8
- Clackmannanshire - 5
- Dumfries and Galloway - 37
- Dundee City - 16
- East Ayrshire - 13
- East Dunbartonshire - 3
- East Lothian - 32
- Falkirk - 11
- Fife - 42
- Glasgow City - 6
- Highland - 110
- Inverclyde - 2
- Midlothian - 12
- Moray - 14
- North Ayrshire - 11
- North Lanarkshire - 14
- Perth and Kinross - 25
- Renfrewshire - 12
- Scottish Borders - 95
- South Ayrshire - 9
- South Lanarkshire - 37
- Stirling - 21
- West Dunbartonshire - 9
- West Lothian - 9