Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Glasgow Bus Operators in Manifesto Pledge to Improve City Transport

 A FIVE-YEAR plan to improve bus travel in and around the city has been unveiled by a newly-formed alliance of operators in Glasgow.

The Glas-Go Bus Alliance’s manifesto outlines a plan they say will deliver more “sustainable, reliable and customer-focused bus travel” for passengers.

So far, Stagecoach, First Bus, JMB Travel, McGill’s, Whitelaws and West Coast Motors, operators of Glasgow Citybus and Glasgow City Sightseeing have signed up to the pledge.

The companies have committed to invest in greener vehicles as well as taking steps to link-up Glasgow’s bus routes with other forms of public transport in the city.

Fiona Doherty, the managing director of Stagecoach and chair of the alliance, said: “No one organisation has all the solutions, so if buses are truly to be successful and provide what customers need, then they need greater support from stakeholders, particularly with critical matters such as tackling congestion which undermines the delivery of reliable services, results in inefficient running and adds to the cost of travel.”

To tackle issues outwith the control of bus operators, such as congestion and road infrastructure, the alliance will work with local authorities and SPT.

Joan Aitken, the chair of the Glasgow Bus Partnership Steering Group hailed the plan as “great for the people of Glasgow”.

It is anticipated that demand for bus travel will rise after the introduction of free bus travel for people under the age of 22 early next year.