Better Buses News
First Bus price rises to take effect on Sunday
The top subject so far on the Better Buses website and on Twitter is the price of travelling by bus in Glasgow. In the online survey so far, 82% of people disagree or strongly disagree with the statement that buses are value for money. Next week First are to put the bus fares up yet again, followed on 28th April by a reduction in services
First have announced their new fares for 1st April. Out of 37 fares, 29 are rising by an average of 11%
The 90p “short hop” single fare will rise to £1.15, a rise of 28%, and the Glasgow all-day ticket is to rise by 12% to £4.50
The £14 FirstWeek ticket in Glasgow will rise to £14.50 and parents will be hit by a whopping 50% increase on the child all-day ticket.
Responding to the bus companies’ claim that the price rises are due to the cost of the bus pass scheme for pensioners, Patrick said
“Giving older people access to public transport is a sign of a caring society and we should resist any attempt to dilute this. But the bus companies need to recognise that the taxpayer is footing the bill for a great many journeys in Scotland, and we have a right to expect a decent level of service. Too many excuses are being taken to hike the fares and cut the services.
“The latest rises will anger the many passengers who have been in touch through the Better Buses website and via twitter. The stratospheric rise of the child bus tickets is particularly shocking. I have been contacted by parents who are very concerned about the impact this will have on their family finances.
“As the campaign progresses we will get a good idea of the way that Glaswegians would like their bus services to run and I’ll be putting further pressure on the bus companies, as well as calling on Ministers to set clear standards in exchange for proper public funding for bus operators.
“If you have views or ideas about Glasgow’s buses, please get in touch with me via the website www.betterbuses.org or tweet to @betterbuses”
As the campaign progresses we will get a good idea of the way that Glaswegians would like their bus services to run and I shall be putting further pressure on the bus companies, as well as looking into the best way to re-regulate the buses.