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Bus bosses want MSPs ‘to be brave’

Lifestyle change needed to cut congestion


SCOTLAND’S leading bus firms h ave called for politician­s to take “bold” measures to tackle congestion.

First and Stagecoach, who between them carry around 290 million passengers a year in Scotland, want buses to be given greater priority over cars after saying increased traffic levels had led to some bus journeys getting longer.

They say the change has happened despite Government commit-ments to increase the numbers of people travelling by public transport.

Now they have pro-posed measures which they claim would lead to more people choosing buses over cars and achieve cutsin green-house emissions.

Industry estimates claim that if every bus took one more car driver, carbon dioxide emissions could be cut by 1.2 million tonnes per year.

Stagecoach claims that some bus journey times had risen 12.5% in the last five years as private car use has grown, leading to and higher costs.

A spokesman for Stagecoach said investment in buses would produce a cost-effective means of cutting carbon emissions. He said: “We need to target the key lifestyle are as of commuting and the school run. All it needs are brave local politician­s.”

First Glasgow managing director Mark Savelli has proposed building an improved network from bus priority lanes to be introduced for the Commonweal­th Games in 2014. .

The firm is now in partnershi­p with Glasgow City Council which has driven up investment and is seen as a key partner in new statutory standards on timetables.

Mr Savelli said: “You would have a walk-on service 18 hours a day that is commercial­ly funded.”

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Congestion in the city is a key concern for bus companies

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