Price hike for First buses

BUS users face fare rises of up to 27 per cent after an announcement from First Glasgow yesterday.

From this Sunday, journeys of less than five stops will increase by over 27 per cent, from 90p to £1.15. All adult single fares will rise, including a 2.7 per cent increase on the current £1.80 fare and 5.1 per cent on the £3.90 fare.

Child prices are set to stay the same, and night bus fares will actually drop in price, costing £2 as of the weekend – a saving of 65p.

However, it was added that a further price hike may take place in autumn this year, as bus companies claim a funding shortfall from the Scottish government for next year.

A First Glasgow spokeswoman commented: “Nobody likes it when fares rise, but we have worked very hard to keep increases to an absolute minimum”.

The news also follows plans to cut bus services across Glasgow, including the number 29 bus run by First through Shawlands and Mansewood – due to be axed on April 29.

Cathcart MSP James Dornan recently held a public meeting to highlight the importance of the route, and the SNP representative vowed to fight the decision.

Labour councillor for Newlands and Auldburn, Stephen Curran, also expressed anger at the move, and commented: “It’s a well-used route and a lot of people rely on it.

“Local people should have their say over their bus routes. They haven’t just lost their bus – they have been cut off”.