A new report by Transport Scotland has revealed that bus use in Scotland has declined by 12% since 2006, while the use of ScotRail has increased by 29%. Overall there has been a 6% decline in public transport use in Scotland, with bus use still being by far the most common mode of public transport.
Costs for public transport have risen by 16% since 2006 whereas the costs of travelling by car have risen only very slightly. The Scottish government invests over £1bn annually in public transport in the form of rail franchise payments, concessionary fare, and grants. Scottish ministers have committed to invest £5bn into Scotland's railways over the next five years.
According to the report in 2014 77% of public transport journeys were taken by bus whereas 17% were by rail.
In a news post Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, has said of the report:
"It is tragic that there has been absolutely no progress over the past decade in moving people from cars on to public transport. As the new strategy sets out, the past decade has seen a 2% increase in traffic levels, while public transport use has declined by 6%."
During the launch of the National Transport Strategy refresh held at Edinburgh on Thursday Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:
"Since 2006 we have made real progress, despite unforeseen circumstances such as a major financial crisis and recession, and we have invested heavily in transport infrastructure, helping to mitigate the recession’s effects by improving connectivity by land, sea and air."