Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and creator of the Better Buses campaign, has given his backing to proposals to re-regulate Scotland’s bus services.
In his response to the consultation on the Bus Regulation Bill being proposed by Iain Gray MSP, Mr Harvie says that de-regulation is a “failed experiment” of the Thatcher era.
Supporters of the Better Buses campaign are being encouraged to respond positively to Mr Gray’s consultation.
Patrick Harvie said:
“I strongly support the general aim of this proposed Bill. There are clear economic and equality benefits to improving our bus services. Along with regulation we need investment, and I urge those who want those changes to make their views known.
“Moving away from high profile and expensive road projects and towards public and active transport measures would make a real difference to people’s lives. Iain Gray’s proposals mark the third time that a Private Members Bill to regulate bus services has been proposed in the Scottish Parliament. Let’s hope this one gets beyond the first stop.”