Wed 30 Sep, 2020

The ‘clockwork orange’ is such an important part of life in Glasgow, where over half of residents don’t own a car. Public transport needs to be the priority, not an afterthought. Patrick Harvie

The Scottish Greens have launched a campaign to save the Glasgow Subway in light of emergency funding for SPT coming to an end today (Wednesday 30 September).

The vital service has also received no funding to cover its £4.5m losses between April and June, and with no guarantee of further funding, the public operator has said it will have no choice but to make cuts to transport services across the region.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said:

“The fact that Glasgow’s iconic and vital Subway faces an uncertain future is a serious dereliction of duty by the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

“The ‘clockwork orange’ is such an important part of life in Glasgow, where over half of residents don’t own a car. Public transport needs to be the priority, not an afterthought.

"Cutting services at any time would be wrong, but forcing more people onto fewer trains in the middle of a pandemic would also be unacceptable on public health grounds.

“We’ve seen support for private train operators extended until January. Instead of only bailing out the private sector, it’s time for the Scottish Government to value the public sector in order to build a fairer and greener recovery.”

Glaswegians are being urged to back the campaign by visiting greens.scot/SaveOurSubway

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