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25 July 2013

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and creator of the Better Buses campaign, has given his backing to proposals to re-regulate Scotland’s bus services.sign

In his response to the consultation on the Bus Regulation Bill being proposed by Labour MSP Iain Gray, Mr Harvie says that de-regulation is a “failed experiment” of the Thatcher era.

Supporters of the Better Buses campaign are being encouraged to respond positively to Mr Gray’s consultation.

Patrick Harvie said:

“I strongly support the general aim of this proposed Bill. There are clear economic and equality benefits to improving our bus services. Along with regulation we need investment, and I urge those who want those changes to make their views known.

“Moving away from high profile and expensive road projects and towards public and active transport measures would make a real difference to people’s lives. Iain Gray’s proposals mark the third time that a Private Members Bill to regulate bus services has been proposed in the Scottish Parliament. Let’s hope this one gets beyond the first stop.”


Details of previous proposals:

Kenny MacAskill, Bus Re-regulation (Scotland) Bill, 2002:

Charlie Gordon Regulation of Bus Services Bill, 2008:

Glasgow City Council calls for regulation:

SPT calls for regulation:

In 2007 the SNP dropped their support for regulation amid claims that donations from Stagecoach owner Brian Souter had influenced policy: