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Better Buses in the Sunday Herald

Yesterday’s Sunday Herald featured an interesting piece on local transport, with Better Buses getting a mention and comments from Patrick Harvie. You can read the article here.… Continue reading…

Patrick responds to news of First service changes

“More frequent buses on key routes will be a welcome improvement but First must not use this reorganisation as cover for cutting yet more peripheral bus routes that people rely on. Glasgow suffered this time last year when First cut or reduced dozens of services, and they admit that these new changes will see fewer miles covered. We need a… Continue reading…

Patrick Harvie condemns "sticking plaster" approach to bus funding

Patrick Harvie has responded with criticism to the Scottish Government’s latest funding deal with bus operators. The deal will see £10 million made available to help with cash flow, and a phased reduction in the level of reimbursement firms receive for concessionary travel. At present, the rate of reimbursement is 67% of an adult fare. This will fall to 60%… Continue reading…

Bus regulation bill welcome but funding critical

Responding to the announcement that former Labour leader Iain Gray intends to bring forward a member’s bill to regulate buses, Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: “I welcome this move by Iain Gray and look forward to seeing the details. It is abundantly clear the current unregulated free-for-all is failing Scotland’s bus passengers.… Continue reading…

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… Continue reading…

First cuts fares! (for a lucky few)

Last night, we saw on Twitter the welcome news that First Bus is cutting their prices in Glasgow. At last! OK, so it was only FirstWeek tickets that were being cut (and this after hiking the cost of FirstCards last month) but still, it was something to be cheerful about for once. Today though, after a bit of digging, it… Continue reading…

Better Buses: what you told us

We are pleased to publish our report into Glasgow’s buses, “Better Buses: what you told us”. The report contains the issues and complaints you raised about buses in Glasgow, along with suggestions about how to deal with them. Many of the recommendations come straight from you, and we’d like to thank everyone that has taken part. Among the suggestions were… Continue reading…

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… Continue reading…

What does the draft budget mean for buses?

So, what did yesterday’s draft budget mean for the buses? Well, let’s start with the good news – £2.5 million for low carbon buses. To date, the Green Bus Fund has invested over £6 million in Scotland’s low carbon bus fleet, putting an additional 74 of these greener buses on the roads (with First in Glasgow receiving cash for 10… Continue reading…

Your Questions Answered

Charlie Anderson, Chair of the Bus Passenger Platform, the body dealing with Bus Complaints answers some of your questions.   SPT are also getting back to us with the answers to some more questions. And the ultrimate guide to the madness of the buses will be published on this website at the end of August – the Big Plan for… Continue reading…