Bus users soared during ash crisis

Scotland's bus networks ferried an extra 9,000 passengers during the flight chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, according to transport officials.

Around 6,000 additional passengers were carried by the National Express, while Mega Bus transported a further 3,000 on cross-border services.

Meanwhile, First ScotRail and cross-border services accommodated nearly 7,000 extra train travellers as the airspace over most of Europe remained closed due to the volcanic ash cloud.

The Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGORR), which coordinated the crisis response, has now decided to go on a "stand-by" mode.

No more daily ministerial meetings are planned, but the government said it will continue to monitor the situation at regular intervals.

Transport minister Stewart Stevenson said: "With thousands of Scots having now returned home following the initial airspace closure, demand for extra land and sea travel capacity has subsided and normal services have resumed across all transport modes.

"I want to thank all of those operators who moved quickly to lay on additional bus, train and ferry services to help Scots return home."

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