22nd August 2012
Bus Services Consultation Begins
ZetTrans and Shetland Islands Council are about to carry out consultation on bus services in Shetland. The aim is to present to communities the proposed detail of the network of services to be put out to tender in November of this year.
Commenting on the consultation, Councillor Allan Wishart said: “Over the course of the last couple of years Transport Staff have done a lot of work with communities to identify where public transport is working well, and where there are gaps to be addressed. With that information, they have redesigned the transport network and now it’s time to check back with communities to see if the proposed services are of the right order before going out to tender”.
“With the Council facing harsh economic realities, it is critically important that our transport network is as efficient as possible in providing cost-effective public transport. This will be a combination of the right network of services, and the ability of our public transport operators to submit keen prices to keep costs down. Although our aim is to maintain services, if we can’t bring down costs then we will face difficult decisions about which services can and cannot be provided. It’s critical that people in the community take advantage of this important opportunity to get their views heard on the issue.”