Extra support for Scottish light rail

Glasgow Subway car No 109 calls at Buchanan Street on 14 March 2019.

The Scottish Government is to provide a further £5.6 million of emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement, made on 28 June, brings total support for the two operations to more than £34 million and the latest round will last until the end of September.

It follows discussions with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Edinburgh Trams on the impact of the pandemic: support to date has enabled the two systems to accommodate more than four million journeys since July 2020.

While passenger numbers are expected to increase as lockdown restrictions ease, it remains unclear what demand will be as Scotland returns to normal.