Better Buses debate: Time to give buses priority to reverse declinePublished 28 March 2018 by Transform Scotland
Ahead of today’s debate in Parliament on ‘Better Buses’, we’ve issued a briefing to MSPs on bus services.
The briefing outlines issues affecting bus passengers and operators, and makes several key points:
- Bus priority measures need to be introduced, enforced and maintained in order to provide
reliable and convenient services.
- Glasgow City Council’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) proposals do not deliver strong enough action
on air pollution and fail to take sufficient action on emissions from private vehicles.
- The Scottish Government should set out its aspirations for bus service standards as part of the
forthcoming Transport Bill.
Commenting on the debate, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said:
“We are generally supportive of the motion’s proposal that the Scottish Government should set a target for bus patronage. However, we consider that it is also important for the Scottish Government to tackle the key reasons for the decline in bus passenger numbers.
“Congestion is a significant problem for passengers and operators, causing extended and unreliable journey times. Congestion also has a direct impact on costs for operators, and hence bus fares. We urge the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to introduce, enforce and maintain enhanced bus priority measures – such as bus lanes and traffic management – in order to provide reliable bus services, cut congestion and deliver wider benefits such as cleaner air.“
The briefing can be found here.