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Aileen with the SPT representatives and some of the community councillors who attended.

I hosted a meeting with rural community councillors and transport bosses in Thankerton on Monday in response to ongoing concerns about transport connectivity in rural Clydesdale.

SPT were represented by Gordon Dickson, head of bus strategy and delivery, and Gary Robertson, network analysis and design manager and they were joined by community councillors from Quothquan and Thankerton, Symington, Biggar, Douglas, Lanark, Pettinain, and Carstairs.

Discussions covered a wide range of issues including connecting Clydesdale’s villages and smaller communities, linking up more effectively to emerging transport hubs such as Abington and Carstairs Junction, and reimaging some of the current provision to be more responsive to local need.

The meeting also came ahead of the Scottish Government’s Transport Bill which will be heard this week and alongside ongoing work from South Lanarkshire Council to improve local provision.

It was a very constructive meeting, covering a lot of ground and provided a platform for community councillors to raise local problems and frustrations. SPT were engaging and clearly wanted to listen and make improvements where they could, and also work with the community to create a more joined up transport system.

I will continue to engage with SPT, other transport providers and the council and use the new provisions within the Transport Bill to ensure that this discussion can result in tangible action to make a difference to connectivity in Clydesdale.

Councillor Ian McAllan said afterwards: “The meeting was very helpful, not only in terms of reinforcing our understanding of the transport issues facing this part of Clydesdale, but it also provided a rare opportunity for members of the community to discuss the issues and potential solutions directly with SPT representatives. Furthermore, it was clear that the community wanted to continue to be actively involved with finding those solutions to drive forward improvements.”

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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