MSP’s survey shows bus problems

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The reliability of Glasgow’s buses is under the spotlight, after a survey by MSP Patrick Harvie revealed the extent of passengers’ frustration over poor service.

As part of the Green MSP’s “Better Buses” campaign, posters have been designed featuring a commuter whose bus is taking so long to turn up he has expired.

They refer to the campaign’s online forum, which includes a survey about bus services which reveals that, out of 148 people who responded, 72 per cent disagreed or disagreed strongly with the statement: “Buses are reliable”.

Mr Harvie has submitted a series of questions to the Scottish Government concerning bus punctuality.

He said: “Half of households in Glasgow have no access to a car, so the reliability of buses is crucial, especially for people trying to get to work and meet other appointments.

“The survey results show how profit-driven private operators and a disinterested government are letting passengers down.

“I have asked ministers to explain if they’re keeping a check on punctuality. If we are serious about making public transport an attractive option and a genuine public service, we must crack down on unreliability.”