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Bus Regulation Proposal Lodged

Iain Gray MSP has today lodged his final proposal for his Bus Regulation Member’s Bill: Iain Gray: Proposed Bus Regulation (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to extend the powers of transport authorities to regulate bus services through (a) quality contract schemes, (b) quality partnership schemes, and (c) ticketing schemes; and to extend the powers of the Traffic Commissioner in relation… Continue reading…

First announces fare revisions for Greater Glasgow services

First Bus has announced fare revisions for their Greater Glasgow services, due to take effect on Sunday 6 April. Many fares remain unchanged, and the cost of a standard single has risen only 5 pence (although at £1.95, it will be just that wee bit more difficult to have the exact fare ready!). However, with many four week tickets going… Continue reading…

Passenger satisfaction rates make case for bus regulation

Patrick Harvie has commented on the gap in passenger satisfaction rates between Edinburgh's Lothian Buses and First in Glasgow, saying it demonstrates the need for re-regulation of local bus services. Continue reading…

Bus Bill Consultation - Now Closed

The consultation on the proposed Bus Regulation Bill has now closed and I would like to thank everyone that has engaged in the process through Better Buses. I look forward to seeing Iain Gray’s summary of the responses from the public, transport groups and other bodies. As I’ve said before, regulation is not a silver bullet and significant investment is… Continue reading…

Stagecoach dub Bus Regulation plans "immoral"! Patrick responds

Stagecoach has written to Patrick, lashing out against Iain Gray’s proposed Bus Regulation Bill, which they dub both “immoral” and possibly a violation of Human Rights. In the letter, they state: “We doubt whether proposed legislation to confiscate the freedom to operate commercially will comply with EU Human Rights legislation, and in any event we consider such action would be… Continue reading…

Consultation deadline extended for Bus Bill consultation

Patrick has given his backing to a proposed bill to re-regulate bus services in Scotland, and he is asking all bus users to make their voice heard too. The on-going consultation on Iain Gray’s proposed Bus Regulation Bill is an opportunity for bus users, and for people interested in Scotland having a better bus service, to have their say. If… Continue reading…

Your chance to demand better buses

Patrick has given his backing to a proposed bill to re-regulate bus services in Scotland, and he is asking all bus users to make their voice heard too. Iain Gray MSP has opened a consultation on his proposed Bus Regulation Bill. If enacted, this would give local transport authorities far greater powers to shape the services we make use of… Continue reading…

PATRICK HARVIE MSP BACKS BID FOR BUS REGULATION

MEDIA RELEASE 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. 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.… Continue reading…

Community Transport users 'Still Waiting' for a better bus pass

Today I visited Age Scotland’s shop on Union Street to give my support to their Still Waiting campaign. They are calling for an extension of the National Concessionary Travel (NTC) scheme – the free bus pass for those aged 60 and over and the disabled – to include community transport providers. At the moment, the NCT card can only be… Continue reading…

Better Buses Gets Bigger!

I started the Better Buses campaign so that the voice of Glasgow’s bus users could be made louder by speaking collectively. Now it’s time to make that message louder still, by gathering the comments of people all across Scotland. The big idea behind Better Buses was to give bus users a voice. Motorists have a powerful political lobby and train… Continue reading…