The big plan for better buses
Buses that are nice to ride in; that are clean, in good condition, and that aren’t belching out thick diesel fumes into my neighbourhood.
One of the issues that crops up time and again in my conversations with bus users is that buses can be a bit manky. It puts some people off using them. There can be litter, grime and torn seats. There may be some shiny new buses on one or two routes, but the unfortunate truth is that many buses have seen better days. This is unpleasant for the passengers but also for people around Glasgow who are breathing in the diesel fumes.
Bus travel is already a much greener way of travelling than in the car, but we know there are solutions for making it even greener: there are hybrid buses and electric buses for starters. The Scottish Government has a green buses fund and First received 10 new buses paid for by this fund. This is good news but it is a drop in the ocean which needs to be filled with investment from the bus companies themselves. Manky buses are not an option, the buses need to up their game.
What do you think about the state of the buses? Have you travelled on a particularly manky bus? Or a particularly wonderful one?