East Kilbride MSP welcomes budget increase for sustainable travel

East Kilbride MSP Collette Stevenson has hosted more than £ 3.4bn of transport investment announced in the Scottish Government’s recent draft budget.

The MSP says this will increase sustainable travel to East Kilbride and South Lanarkshire.

The investment in the 2022/23 draft budget sets aside £ 314million to support the discounted bus travel program which supports older people and people with disabilities.

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On top of that, an additional £ 110million has been set aside specifically to expand the scheme for under 22s in East Kilbride and across Scotland.

It is also investing £ 150million to support high-quality active travel for people walking, riding and cycling, as well as £ 35million next year to support Scotland’s Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund and £ 112million to support a range of sustainable low and zero carbon transport. initiatives.

Residents of East Kilbride will also benefit from an improved, carbon-free rail network, with line upgrades to be completed by December 2024.

However, plans to double the rail line between East Kilbride and Busby have been scrapped – Ms Stevenson calling on the government to reverse the decision during a debate in Parliament this month.

MS Stevenson said: “The Scottish Government is investing in our future with a convenient transport system that goes hand in hand with our responsibility to end our contribution to climate change and meet the needs of the people of East Kilbride.

“So many people in our city are already benefiting from discounted bus travel and extending the program to young people under the age of 22 will help establish sustainable and positive travel habits among our younger generations.

“If we want more people across East Kilbride to choose public or active travel options, we have to make it an easy and engaging choice. I know there are transportation issues in East Kilbride, and I’m happy to hear residents tell us how and where they want improvements made. ”

The MSP has also supported £ 4bn of investment in Scotland’s social security system under the draft budget.

It includes £ 197million for the Scottish Child Payment – which is set to double to £ 20 per child per week in early April next year.

The children of East Kilbride will also receive £ 17.8million in the Best Start grant and £ 13.1million investment in Best Start food.

She added: “The decision to double the Scottish Child Payment in early April, earlier than expected, will benefit thousands of families across East Kilbride.

“At the same time, the Scottish government is doing what it can to ensure children have the best start in life with payments such as the Best Start Foods and the Best Start Grant. “

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