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We must control public transport to cut emissions

We need your help before 24 January

When Glasgow City Council declared a ‘climate emergency’ back in May 2019, a Working Group was set-up to determine what the Council must do to rapidly reduce emissions. Get Glasgow Moving was asked to put forward proposals for improving public transport.

The Working Group made 61 recommendations to the Council including our proposals for greater public ownership and control of our public transport network in order to deliver a fully-integrated and affordable service, and the ambition to transition to free public transport for all.

The Council has now reviewed the recommendations and put together a Climate Emergency Implementation Plan, which is now out for consultation.

Despite public transport being the number 1 issue for local people during the last consultation in 2019, all our recommendations have either been watered down or outright rejected.

This is outrageous! Transport is our biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The Council is trying to tackle a ‘climate emergency’ while refusing to make any meaningful changes to our public transport.

The Climate Emergency Implementation Plan consultation ends on 24 January 2021. We need all Get Glasgow Moving supporters to act!

Take the Survey

It’s a lengthy survey but you don’t need to answer every question. You can skip through to the most important section. It should only take you 5 mins to complete, if you follow this guidance:

For Question 13 – ‘What actions, if any are missing from the Well Connected and Thriving City theme?’ – you might want to answer with a version of this:

The Council must take a much more active role in the city’s transport system, to stand any chance of sufficiently reducing emissions. This must include regulating the city region’s bus network to deliver an integrated service (buses, trains and Subway working together) and bring down the cost of fares.

Ultimately our goal must be to work towards free public transport for the whole city region, to enable everyone to get around in a sustainable way. Regulating our bus network (through ‘franchising’) is the best way to get there.

The ‘partnership’ with the private bus companies that the Council is currently pursuing will lead to more of the same. More over-priced routes with unreliable services, more forced car ownership, and more emissions.

It’s essential that the Council reinstates the Climate Emergency Working Group’s recommendations:

Recommendation 17 “investigate the use of the ‘franchising powers’ set out in the Transport Bill to regulate the city’s bus network on the principles of one network, one timetable, and one ticket”

Recommendation 20 “engage with interested local authorities and other stakeholders and undertake a formal assessment of the potential for making the transition to a public transport system that is free to use”

Recommendation 19 “The Council works with partner local authorities to consider the opportunity presented by First Glasgow being up for sale and for the business case to be explored, including the financial viability of re-municipalisation”

Although First Glasgow is no longer up for sale, they have received millions of pounds in bailouts during the pandemic. This must be seized as an opportunity to ‘buy out, not bail out‘ these companies, so they can be run in the public interest again.

Take the Survey

When Glasgow and the surrounding area emerges from this pandemic, public transport is going to need a huge overhaul.

We currently have an inefficient, uninviting system that costs too much for those who can’t or don’t use a car. Meanwhile, the Council is threatening to lock us into a ‘partnership’ with the private bus companies which will last years.

We don’t have any more time to waste on deregulation. We need more public intervention in our transport, for the benefit of the city and for the climate. Please respond to the survey now.