Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has approved plans that could ‘revolutionise’ local bus services in Scotland.

The partnership has been given the go-ahead to begin work to establish local bus franchising in the west of the country, in line with the requirements of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

The plans are hoped to solve short-term and long-term transport issues.

SPT said local bus franchising could offer the “greatest certainty for the best outcomes” for passengers but that it would take between five and seven years and cost around £15m to complete.

It was also recommended that SPT should progress with Bus Service Improvements Partnership (BSIP) arrangements in the short to medium term to “stabilise and improve” the bus network while the franchise model is created.

The proposals are due to go out for public consultation in April.

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