Greens want powerful voice for bus users
A MAJOR campaign to improve the quality of bus services in Scotland’s biggest city is launched today.
The Green Party is hoping to make the issue a key part of the city council election campaign.
It is calling on passengers to become “Better Bus Inspectors” by adding their views online.
They are being urged to post comments at www.betterbuses.org or use Twitter to “tweet from their seat” to @betterbuses
Glasgow’s buses have been compared unfavourably to those in Edinburgh, where the lack of a suburban rail network has made them the capital’s main public transport, and also used by a wider social mix.
The Greens said passengers had expressed frustration at the frequency, punctuality and condition of Glasgow’s buses.
There had also been concerns about the lack of more frequent evening and weekend services.
Glasgow Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: “Half of Glasgow’s households don’t have access to a car, so it’s essential we get a better bus service in and around the city.
“Motorists have loud and powerful lobby groups – I want to give a voice to Glasgow’s bus users.
“Neither the private companies running the buses nor the Scottish Government are inspecting the level of service, so I’m urging passengers to become Better Buses Inspectors and share their views.
“Buses should be affordable and accessible, and shaped by people’s needs rather than company profits.”
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