Scotland’s Transport Minister has been questioned about the proposed scrapping of North-east bus services.
North-east Conservative MSP Peter Chapman said in the Scottish Parliament: “Aberdeenshire Council has to subsidise 64 out of 123 routes, many of which are in rural areas.
“Last month, the council announced proposals to remove eight of those routes and to reduce the service on two of them.
“It had no other option, given that its budget for this year is decreasing by 4.36% in real terms.
“How can (Transport Minister Humza Yousaf) continue to say the Government is improving rural bus services?”
Mr Yousaf replied: “I am not convinced that is what I said.
“I said there is a mixed picture across the country.
“The measures that we bring forward in the transport bill will give local authorities more powers to improve bus services, both rural and urban.”
He added that he hoped Mr Chapman and other Tories would support the bill.