Scottish Labour wants to de-privatise buses

Richard Leonard, the Labour Party’s new leader in Scotland, wants to bring all the country’s buses back into public ownership.

‘The people of Scotland deserve public services which are publicly owned and publicly accountable: our railways, our buses, energy…need to be taken back and remain in public ownership’, he says.

While Lothian Buses remains in local authority ownership, the state-owned Scottish Bus Group subsidiaries and the municipal operators in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow were privatised between 1989 and 1993. Stagecoach, First, National Express and family-owned McGill’s and Craig of Campbeltown operate them today.