£4m to take Glasgow and Edinburgh networks through to 2021

The Scottish Government has pledged a further £4m emergency funding for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the ongoing financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scottish Government has pledged a further £4m emergency funding for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the ongoing financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extra cash comes after £9m was announced in July and will be in place until the end of 2020 to support services throughout this period.

Detailed negotiations about the funding package took place with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Edinburgh Trams and Transport for Edinburgh.

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The discussions considered resources and travel demand in light of Transport Scotland's COVID-19: Framework for Decision Making and the Transport Transition Plan.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: 'The Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams continue to provide key connections within our two biggest cities. The services provide essential capacity and link with bus, rail and park and ride facilities.

'Over the six month period from July we will now have provided up to £13m of financial support to operators to enable services to continue. Any restrictions on these services could have placed unsustainable demands on other modes, especially bus and so this funding will assist capacity across all public transport.

'I would again like to thank all the people working across the light rail sector who have, and continue to, provide these important connections.'

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