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Cost of taking the bus rising at double the rate of motor costs

Transport statistics show the cost of running a car has fallen while people who rely on buses and trains have been forced to pay ever more.

Figures from government agency Transport Scotland show that the cost of purchasing a car has fallen by 20 per cent in cash terms over the last ten years. They also show that while the cost of running a vehicle has risen by 32 per cent in the same period, it is less than the 36 per cent increase in the retail price index, so a real terms fall.

By contrast the costs of bus and rail fares have risen by a massive 62 per cent over the same period, a real times increase.

First Bus has introduced a series of price increases in Glasgow during 2012. In April, 27 different fares were hiked, with a short hop single up from 90p to £1.15, and £1.50 added to the cost of a FirstWeek. A 10 week all zone FirstCard went up by £5, and then by a further £5.50 in November, meaning some passengers will be forking out more than £50 extra next year.

Patrick Harvie said:

“At Westminster we hear politicians promising to end the so-called war on the motorist. And at Holyrood we see the larger parties banging the drum for more roads and cheaper petrol.

“The real war is being waged against those who rely on public transport, and Glasgow’s bus users in particular are really feeling the pinch. Recently we’ve seen the transport minister cut funding for buses and rail improvement projects, while moving quickly to blow his budget on new roads that will simply encourage more car use.

“Proper investment in public transport, with electrified rail routes, a green bus fleet and a cap on fares would help with economic recovery, our climate change obligations and help foster a more equal society. Where is the government’s vision?”