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Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has written to the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister, seeking an opportunity to raise issues about the area’s transport network.

Aileen has previously worked with a range of community groups and individuals seeking improvements to Clydesdale’s transport systems. In March, Aileen successfully lobbied for a new evening bus service between Lanark and Crossford, and last year she met with members of the Clydesdale Rail Users’ Action Group to discuss the area’s rail links. Now Aileen has written to the Transport Minister, asking for a meeting to discuss these and other issues directly.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"How we get Clydesdale moving is a question which has dominated the area for a long time - but it was particularly clear during the recent election campaign that local people want to see action.

"We need to find ways to protect and enhance rural bus services, and we have to make sure the roads these buses - and private vehicles - travel on are fit for purpose. I know the Scottish Government will also continue to fight for fair fuel prices - powers which are currently reserved to Westminster but which we want to see here in Scotland.

"Rail links are important too. There’s an opportunity in 2013 with the timetable revision on the Glasgow-Edinburgh via Carstairs line, and the 2014 franchise renewal, to seriously look at how we open up Clydesdale to better rail services.

"These things don’t happen overnight, but I know there’s a case to be made on each of these issues and as Clydesdale’s MSP I want to take them to the heart of Government. I’m hopeful of securing an early meeting with the Transport Minister to begin this process."

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