Scottish Government Offers Additional Financial Support to Light Rail Operators

The Scottish government is to provide a further 5.6m GBP (6.53m euros | 7.78m USD) of emergency funding to Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the ongoing financial impact of the pandemic.

This announcement follows ongoing discussions with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Edinburgh Trams regarding available resources.

This latest emergency funding brings the total light rail support available to over 34m GBP (39.65m euros | 47.28m USD) and this will now be in place until the end of September.

George Lowder, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh, said:

“We're beginning to see some signs of recovery in public transport patronage in the city. To support this, we’re operating a normal tram timetable, which also helps maintain physical distancing.

“Many of our regular customers, however, continue to work from home, international and domestic air travel is still significantly curtailed and hospitality, retail and sport have not fully opened up, so this additional funding is greatly appreciated until the UK, and beyond, continue to ease restrictions and return to the new different.”

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