Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has been chosen as the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s new Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change committee.
In the first meeting of the new committee, Cathy highlighted the importance of addressing poor bus services, and also questioned the remits of committees, which have been reorganised in line with new ministerial posts.
“The division of responsibilities is a bit of a dog’s breakfast,” Cathy said. “How can we can separate planning and the national planning framework from infrastructure? Why is energy linked with the economy and tourism rather than climate change? Why is ship to ship oil transfer, which is subject to maritime transport law, expected to dealt with by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee?
“That said, the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change committee has no shortage of important issues to tackle, and I am looking forward to my new role,” said Cathy.
“Climate Change is undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing the world today, and Scotland needs to play its part in limiting the impact and preparing itself to deal with changes that are now inevitable.
“Transport issues affect everyone. We need better public transport, both for the benefit of those who already rely on it, and as a more environmentally friendly alternative for those who currently use private vehicles.
“Buses in particular are an important issue for many people. There are a number of issues in terms of quality and the fact that people generally cannot access buses. Lack of services in particular areas and in rural areas outwith the cities is a matter that we should examine. There is a widespread feeling that we need better regulation of bus services.
Buses in particular are an important issue for many people. There are a number of issues in terms of quality and the fact that people generally cannot access buses.
“Scotland is the only part of the UK that is reopening and extending rail routes. We have also supported tram schemes, albeit they are now under threat. We need to protect and build upon this progress.
“There are also numerous other issues, including freight transport and shipping. Many of these issues will be of great significance for the future of Falkirk East.”