UK: The Scottish Government has announced a further £8m of emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the on-going financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The third tranche of funding announced on December 23 runs until the end of March. An initial £9m had been announced in July, followed by another £4m in October.
‘We continue to see reduced capacity on public transport with travel restrictions and physical distancing in place, however we still need to ensure services continue for those that need to travel for essential purposes’, said Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson. ‘The light rail networks in Glasgow and Edinburgh continue to play a part in this ongoing sustainable transport response and will be crucial in the longer term social and economic recovery to provide essential links within Scotland’s two largest cities.
‘The support to date has enabled these light rail networks to carry over 2 million trips since July, further demonstrating the importance of these services.’