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To: Fiona Kerr, First Glasgow Managing Director And Humza Yousaf, Transport Minister

Scrap Glasgow Bus Fare Increases, Re-regulate Buses

Scrap Glasgow Bus Fare Increases, Re-regulate Buses

We demand:

1. First Bus scrap the latest fare increases, followed by an independent review of passengers to establish what are truly affordable journey prices. 

2. The Scottish Government enact legislation to re-regulate bus services across Scotland. This would remove contracts from profiteers like First Bus, Stagecoach or McGill’s, and place responsibility for serving our communities with publicly owned and democratically run bus companies.

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Why is this important?

Enough is Enough. The latest fare increases from First Bus to the cost of travelling in Glasgow are a hike too far. 
FirstDay tickets are going from from £4.30 to £4.50 and the network-wide ticket increases 25p to £6. 
A five-stop journey has gone from 95p to £1:05, to £1:15, £1:20 and now £1:40, a jump of a third in just 3 years. 

The Aberdeen-based multinational reported an 80% increase in profits last year to £105.8m, so for a city struggling under the impact of austerity these hikes are hard to justify. We are calling on First to scrap these increased charges, in a recognition that the people of Glasgow cannot afford to push their profits any higher this year. 

Although they have their own issues with fare increases, user surveys regularly show much higher rates of passenger satisfaction in Edinburgh than Glasgow. In the capital, instead of a private corporation the buses remain municipally owned. 

It is long past time for the Scottish Government to take action against all of Scotland’s monopolistic, profiteering and in cases corrupt local bus operators. Bus re-regulation is an essential move to ensure local communities are once again served by effective, affordable, fully integrated and publicly owned transport services. 

Buses were de-regulated by Margaret Thatcher in 1985, creating a corporate free-for-all. The SNP supported bus re-regulation, until in 2007 they received significant support from Stagecoach tycoon Brian Souter, and dropped the idea.

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Reasons for signing

  • My pay rise is capped at 1%; so why does a bus service deem it appropriate to raise prices by up to 15% overall? There is no improvement to the service either, just pure profiteering.
  • As a Student who heavily relies on buses due to my area and the fact that no one in my family, nor myself, can drive, it is joke that the prices have went up so dramatically. My mum is now having to scrape up £10 to get my brother to and from school. The fact that child prices have went from 70p to £1 is so unnecessary and too big. They forget that not everyone can drive and if the prices continue to rise, I will have no choice but to save up for driving lessons.
  • Prices are a joke! Especially for Students and Families that have more than one child! Also disagree with 16 and 17year olds paying an adult fare. In Scotland in the eyes of the law you are an adult at the legal age of 18.

Updates

2016-05-25 20:00:45 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-05-23 23:25:32 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-05-23 22:48:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-05-23 22:21:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-23 22:07:01 +0100

10 signatures reached