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Better Buses in the Herald

The Better Buses campaign got a mention in the Diary in the Sunday Herald this week.  Barry Didcock must have been trying to get a bus to work….. ‘WHILE political parties across Europe concern themselves unnecessarily with the Greek crisis and the dangers facing the eurozone, the Scottish Greens have spotted the bigger issue – the reliability of Scotland’s buses… Continue reading…

Patrick responds to FirstBus Chief Letter

Patrick wrote to the Evening times in response to the letter from FirstBus Chief Ronnie Park.  The letter was pubished on Saturday19 May                       Here is a copy of the unedited letter Patrick wrote: ‘I’m grateful to Ronnie Park of First Glasgow for letting us know that he surveys bus… Continue reading…

SPT responds regarding 317 bus

We have started sending specific issues with buses to the relevant provider for response. Andrew Jones contacted the website with a gripe about e 317. You can see his post here Patrick sent it on to SPT who have a remit for taking over ‘socially necessary’ routes that are dropped by the commercial operators.  The response shows that socially necessary… Continue reading…

FirstBus Chief says buses are reliable

Ronnie Park, Managing Director of FirstBus, disagrees with you, the contributors to betterbuses.org, about the punctuality of his buses. Today he wrote to the Evening Times in response to the article highlighting preliminary data from our on-line survey.  The letter is below – what do you think? 200 people have now taken the survey and we are looking for more… Continue reading…

More Questions than Answers on Bus Punctuality

Today the Transport Minister Keith Brown answered a number of questions that Patrick put to him regarding bus cost and bus punctuality.  In the answers it was clear that the Government is not keeping tabs on the bus companies despite the public subsidy that these companies receive.   Patrick also asked whether the government whether it had considered introducing a… Continue reading…

Better Bus Campaign Highlighted in Evening Times

Hamish Ribcage made it onto the Evening Times to highlight the unreliable buses in Glasgow. See the article below.  And we have seen an increase in traffic to the site and to the questionnaire.  Keep those comments coming. The Scotsman, being very serious, left out the photo of the skeleton… article here   Evening Times 7 May 2012… Continue reading…

Letter to FirstBus on ticketing and fares

Since the fare rises that FirstBus imposed at the end March we have received many comments from you about the impact of the higher fares and in pointing out problems with purchasing discounted travel cards.  Patrick has written to FirstBus about their ticketing and fares and you can read the letter  here… Continue reading…

Do you have a skeleton bus service?

Here is the latest poster for the better buses campaign.   We have found that 72% of people responding to our online survey believe that buses are unreliable.   Following this finding Patrick has submitted some questions to ministers on the issue of bus punctuality and monitoring of bus companies.   Patrick said: “Half of households in Glasgow have no… Continue reading…

Shadow Cyclist vs The Bus

One of our Twitter followers @Southsidepaddy sent us this excellent link to a training video for Lothian Buses. Surprisingly compellng viewing and I hope FirstBus have a similar training video for Glasgow. I don’t know whether it is the music, or the dramatic tension of ‘will the cyclist survive?’ that makes it so watchable!… Continue reading…

Working with fix my transport

Fix My Transport now have feeds for new issues by location.  We will be linking to the glasgow feed from our website soon.  In the meantime you can see the issues that people are raising here … Continue reading…