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MSP backs Glasgow Council study into bus services

Patrick Harvie MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the decision by Glasgow City Council to commission a detailed study into the city’s bus services.

The report approved by Glasgow city councillors is available here:

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=57678

Half of Glasgow doesn’t have access to a car yet the city’s bus services are unregulated, with private operators able to increase fares and change or withdraw services without consulting passengers.

Patrick said:

“At long last the city council are taking steps to address the shockingly poor quality of Glasgow’s bus services – services that so many people rely on. I sincerely hope the Scottish Government fully co-operates with this effort to examine different franchise arrangements rather than continuing with the current free-market failure.

“To date SNP ministers have fobbed off bus users by rejecting the idea of a passenger survey like they have in England and by claiming that regulation would cost too much. We’re already paying for our buses; it’s time we demanded a basic level of service from the operators who make profits on the back of our money.”

The motion lodged by Patrick Harvie is available here: http://bit.ly/PvI7Bx