House of Commons
FIRST BUS PRICE INCREASES IN GLASGOW AND THE WEST OF SCOTLAND
EDM #776
Tabled 10 January 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House condemns First Bus Glasgow's decision to increase single adult tickets on routes by more than 15 per cent; notes with concern the decision taken by First Glasgow to scrap unaccompanied child concession tickets, increase fares for under-16s by 40 per cent; further notes that unemployed passengers have also been hit with a 10 per cent hike in fares; notes that these price rises coincide with the Government's outrageous plans to close jobcentres across Glasgow that are due to take effect this week; believes that buses are vital in accessing employment, education and reducing our carbon footprint; is further concerned that the price rises reduce access to vital public services and makes the daily commute increasingly unaffordable; recognises the Scottish Government's consultation on a new Bill that proposes that local transport authorities be given the power to take buses into public ownership and operate highly regulated franchises; and calls on First Glasgow to reverse its decision and deliver a service that better meets the needs of the residents of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.