Fare flak for bus firm

Pas­sen­gers slam hav­ing to pay more for a shorter trip

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Bus pas­sen­gers in parts of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen are hav­ing to pay nearly dou­ble for jour­neys into Glas­gow than peo­ple liv­ing much fur­ther away.

Bus pas­sen­gers in parts of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen are hav­ing to pay nearly dou­ble for jour­neys into Glas­gow than peo­ple liv­ing much fur­ther away.

A sin­gle on the First Glas­gow 267 or 263 into the city cen­tre costs £4 for any­one get­ting on be­fore Ruther­glen Main Street.

But those trav­el­ling on an 18 or 21 from East Kil­bride will be charged just £2.20.

East Kil­bride town cen­tre is nearly 10 miles from the cen­tre of Glas­gow. Even at the most east­erly point on Cam­bus­lang, the city cen­tre is un­der seven miles away.

First Bus say they of­fer a range of tick­ets, in­clud­ing all day and re­turn tick­ets, but the sit­u­a­tion has been branded a con by bus users.

Jamie An­der­son, 34, reg­u­larly gets the 267 into town from his home in Half­way.

He said: “It’s a com­plete joke. The re­turn ticket or all-day is fine if you are com­ing back on the bus, but if you are head­ing on a night out you can’t use them on a night bus.

“It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter if it’s the same price for other tick­ets, it’s not right peo­ple from Cam­bus­lang are charged more for a shorter jour­ney.

“I’m not even sure the driv­ers know what the price is. Some of them look em­bar­rassed to be charg­ing £4 while oth­ers just charge you the £2.20.

“It’s much cheaper get­ting the train, even with a re­turn ticket, but the train sta­tion isn’t on the main road and is harder to get too.

“I was on the 263 the other night and there was hardly any­one on it. No won­der at those prices.”

A spokesman for First Glas­gow said fares were not re­lated to zones in the net­work.

They also said an all day ticket cost £4.50 - £1 dearer than a train re­turn from New­ton - although the bus ticket is not limited to two jour­neys.

The added: “Through re­duc­ing the num­ber of fare steps along a route and con­sol­i­dat­ing our zonal sea­son tick­ets of­fer, First Glas­gow has moved to pro­vide cus­tomers with sim­plic­ity and great value for money.

“The zones and sin­gle/re­turn fares are not strictly based on dis­tances trav­elled, but we be­lieve that for each jour­ney/group of jour­neys ev­ery cus­tomer has great value ticket op­tions avail­able.

“Our fares struc­ture is based on a mix of fac­tors and we need to en­sure all ser­vices are eco­nom­i­cally vi­able, which is why there is some vari­a­tion be­tween high fre­quency and lower fre­quency routes.”

On the buses Pas­sen­gers in Half­way are be­ing short­changed com­pared with res­i­dents in other parts of South

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