Local News for Wednesday 7th March 2018
Western Isles happier with buses
People who use bus services in the Western Isles are generally happier with the standard of service than people elsewhere in Scotland, feeling safe, getting enough time to sit down before the bus moves and being treated well by drivers, according to new figures produced this week by Citizens Advice Scotland. In a survey of bus users, 88% were happy with the cleanliness of the buses (against a national average of 68%) and 73% content with service punctuality, against a national average of just 44%. But passengers were less happy with the frequency of island bus services, 59% of respondents saying they were dissatisfied, and 13% of people said they couldn’t get to the GP, hospital or to work by bus. The results were part of a report on Scotland’s bus services called ‘Creating Better Journeys’, released by CAS yesterday. CAS Chief Executive Derek Mitchell said: "People deserve a bus service that is reliable, affordable and pleasant to use. We undertook this survey because we wanted to give consumers a voice. The responses came from all parts of Scotland but there was a notably high rate from people in rural areas, where problems like bus infrequency are often more acute. Citizens Advice Scotland will now be meeting with bus companies, local authorities and the Scottish Government to find ways of addressing these issues. Our objective here is to create better journeys for the people who rely on bus services."
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Local News for Tuesday 6th March 2018
Search for 2018 award winner
The 2018 Donald Stewart Memorial Trust competition was launched yesterday commemorating the work of the late Donald Stewart MP. An individual 5th or 6th year pupil from any of the secondary schools in the Western Isles will be commended for outstanding achievement – academic, community service, bravery or self-sacrifice. All four secondary schools in the Western Isles are being invited to nominate pupils for the award, to be assessed by trustees who will choose this year’s winner. The 2017 Award was won by Catriona Bain, from Gress, Isle of Lewis, a former pupil of The Nicolson Institute. The trust has also welcomed three new trustees: Uilleam Macdonald, Lesley Graham and Iain MacAulay joining Margaret Martin and Calum Iain Macleod. At its recent meeting Margaret Martin was appointed as chair. Further information from Calum Iain Macleod on 01851 701802.
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