Get Glasgow Moving
Most people in Glasgow rely on public transport to get around (only 49% of households have cars), yet our public transport network is a total mess.
Investing in public transport is essential for expanding our city’s economy, addressing inequality and social isolation, reducing toxic levels of air pollution and tackling climate change.
Bickering between political parties is letting Glasgow down. We are decades behind other cities in providing affordable and sustainable transport. Let’s join together to demand:
- A WORLD-CLASS,
- FULLY-INTEGRATED & ACCESSIBLE
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK
- FOR EVERYONE IN OUR CITY
New Campaign Campaigns
Time to take back our buses!First Glasgow are selling up. After axing routes and ripping off passengers for years, First Bus are putting their whole Glasgow business up for sale. There’s a perfect buyer just waiting to take over: the public. New powers in the Transport Bill allow councils to own and operate bus services. These will let Glasgow City Council buy the rights to operate buses in the interests of passengers, not profit - like Edinburgh's Lothian Buses. Bus services in our city have been inadequate for far too long. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to take back our buses and build a better public transport system for everyone in our city. Please sign the petition to tell Glasgow City Council to get our buses back! ------------------------------------- Strathclyde’s Buses have been privately-owned by First Glasgow since they bought out the company in 1996. In the last two decades, with First in charge, we have seen routes cut, communities abandoned, and fare prices soar so a single is now £2.40. Meanwhile in Edinburgh, where Lothian Buses have always remained in public ownership they have a comprehensive, reliable and affordable service, with a cleaner fleet and growing passenger numbers. A single fare is just £1.70. Our city needs these assets back in public ownership, so that we can properly plan and integrate our public transport network to reach all corners of our city region, and reduce fares. If everyone can get around easily, affordably, reliably and sustainably it will help expand our city’s economy, address inequality and social isolation, reduce congestion and toxic air pollution, and cut carbon emissions. Sign and share this petition if you want Glasgow City Council to help us take back our buses! Re-municipalising Bus Services (bringing them back into local public ownership) helps improve services AND saves money. Read all the evidence here: https://www.transportforqualityoflife.com/u/files/160314_Building_a_World-class_Bus_System_extended%20summary%20report_FINAL4_for_web.pdf Read about our campaign and the new powers coming in the Scottish Transport Bill: 12 June 2019 ‘A great step forward’: Campaigners welcome move to let councils set up bus services. https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/14352/great-step-forward-campaigners-welcome-move-let-councils-set-bus-services Read about First's plans to sell up: 30 May 2019 ‘FirstGroup confirms sale of UK bus division to focus on US business’ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/30/firstgroup-to-sell-greyhound-as-it-bows-to-activist-investors Read the sad story of how we lost our buses in 1996: 10 May 1996 ‘Takeover nets bus workers pounds 35,000’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/takeover-nets-bus-workers-pounds-35000-1346448.html6,387 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Get Glasgow Moving
Get Glasgow Moving - world-class transport for GlasgowMost people in Glasgow rely on public transport to get around (only 49% of households have cars), yet our public transport network is a total mess. Investing in public transport is essential for expanding our city’s economy, addressing inequality and social isolation, reducing toxic levels of air pollution and tackling climate change. Bickering between political parties is letting Glasgow down. We are decades behind other cities in providing affordable and sustainable transport. We are calling for: • a publicly-owned bus company for Glasgow • affordable, integrated ticketing, with a city-wide smartcard and daily price cap • bike-hire stations across the city, with free access for concessionary card holders • a publicly-owned Transport Authority for Glasgow, with power over the entire transport network • a coordinated, long-term vision and investment to meet the city’s transport needs11,268 of 15,000 SignaturesCreated by Get Glasgow Moving
Think Outside the Circle: Extend Glasgow’s Subway!Glasgow’s Subway network has being going in circles for too long! Built in 1896, Glasgow has the third oldest underground in the world but, unlike all other cities, Glasgow has never extended its Subway. The Subway is not accessible to the majority living in Glasgow and as a result is underused for a city of its size. The ridership of Glasgow’s Subway compares poorly to that of geographically smaller and less populated cities such as Lisbon whose annual underground ridership is 140.9 million, while Glasgow Subway’s annual ridership is 12.8 mil, despite having the larger population. Transport for London (London’s version of SPT) is currently building a new high-speed underground line Crossrail, now known as the 'Elizabeth Line' and has just released inspiring plans for Crossrail2, to be completed 2030. Remember when Glasgow was going to have a Crossrail too? Why isn’t Scotland’s largest city worth this level of investment? And why doesn't SPT have an ambitious long-term plan? http://www.crossrail2.co.uk Fewer cars mean less congestion, more space, and cleaner air above ground for cyclists, pedestrians and remaining motorists. Glasgow has the lowest level of car ownership in Scotland, and some of the worst levels of air pollution. Many people have no choice but to drive due to poor public transport provisions. An extended Subway network would provide a lifeline to isolated communities, improve everyone's overall mobility, and reduce reliance on cars and the problem of scarcity of parking spaces. In 2007, SPT produced a report that showed huge support for a Subway extension, and said they were “ in tune with the needs of the public”. “...we want what you want. This city needs a world-class Subway system. That’s what our passengers deserve. I realise an extension won’t come cheap and we still have lots of hurdles to overcome but, in my view, what the public wants, the public should get. This is a ringing endorsement from the people who would use the extended Subway.” Councillor Alistair Watson, SPT http://www.spt.co.uk/corporate/2007/03/survey-shows-spt-in-tune-with-the-public Since then, recent modernisation has only made cosmetic and technological improvements. Glasgow doesn’t need a novelty train - it needs an underground system fit to carry a growing 21st century population in a 21st century city! Don’t just take our word for it: “We need to face the facts that the current system is fraying at the edges. The Subway has served Glasgow well for over a hundred years but we now need to invest further in the city’s infrastructure. These proposals contain bold visions. They would give Glasgow a 21st century transport system for a 21st century city. What we now need to do is work out how we can make that happen.” Ron Culley, Chief Executive of SPT (2006 - 2010) http://www.spt.co.uk/corporate/2007/03/survey-shows-spt-in-tune-with-the-public “It is tragic that there has been absolutely no progress over the past decade in moving people from cars on to public transport. As the new strategy sets out, the past decade has seen a 2% increase in traffic levels, while public transport use has declined by 6%.” Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland http://transformscotland.org.uk/blog/2016/01/21/lack-of-progress-on-key-trends-shows-wasted-decade-on-scottish-transport-policy Let’s show SPT we haven’t forgotten their promise of an extended Subway system! If ‘People Make Glasgow’, then SPT and the government have to put their money where their mouth is! Sign the petition to extend Glasgow’s Subway and demand a comprehensive underground system fit to serve not just the few, but all the people of Glasgow! ___________________________________________ Follow the campaign: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/glasgowtube Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/glasgowtube Email: [email protected]7,530 of 8,000 SignaturesCreated by Get Glasgow Moving