Fresh calls have been made for publicly-funded bus routes to be rolled out in the North-east after it emerged the only current service nets the council a “phenomenal” profit.
Loss-making connections across Moray were withdrawn by Stagecoach earlier this year.
Locals demanded the council step in to help out but it refused due to its financial position.
Figures published by the council show its only bus route, which runs from Elgin to Garmouth and Kingston, made a profit of nearly £22,000 during the last year.
Fresh calls have now been made to roll out vehicles to other routes in an attempt to generate income to fund other vital services.
Councillor Aaron McLean who has been leading the SNP’s drive for a council-run bus service said: “This is the type of model that we have been proposing to be rolled out to other areas.
“£21,500 is a phenomenal amount of money to make from the Garmouth to Elgin route.
“If we had a number of these through Moray, it could generate much-needed income and connect people to lifeline services like health centres.”