Glasgow bus operators join forces to transform the city’s bus service
Leading bus operators from across the Glasgow city region have joined forces to create Glas-Go, a new bus alliance formed to improve sustainable travel in and out of the city.
As part of The Glas-Go Bus Alliance, a manifesto has been created which captures a multi-operator vision and lays out a commitment to delivering and investing in sustainable, reliable and customer focused bus travel.
Bus operators involved include; Stagecoach, First Bus, JMB Travel, McGill’s, Whitelaws and West Coast Motors, operators of Glasgow Citybus and Glasgow City Sightseeing. All city region bus operators will be shortly be invited.
In its five year plan the bus operators vow to continue to invest in greener and cleaner vehicles, improve service connections; including seamless travel with other modes of transport.
Meaningful engagement with current and potential customers, affordable and easy to use ticketing, and improved and simplified travel information will be instrumental in encouraging more people to ditch the car and hop on a bus.
The launch of free bus travel in Scotland for under 19s and 22s later this year and early next year respectively is expected to be a major driving force in encouraging more bus travel amongst younger people.
To deliver in areas out with the bus operators’ control - congestion, road infrastructure, bus priority measures and on street travel information - the Glas-Go Bus Alliance will work in partnership with the region's local authorities and SPT through the Glasgow Bus Partnership Steering Group.
In addition to improving those areas, the Glasgow Bus Partnership Steering Group is well underway in its application to secure funding from the Scottish Government’s £500m Bus Fund.
The Glas-Go Bus Alliance is chaired by Fiona Doherty, Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland, with Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Glasgow, as Vice Chair.
Fiona Doherty, Chair of the Glas-Go Bus Alliance said: “This is the right time for bus operators in the City region to join forces and launch the Glas-Go Bus Operator Alliance manifesto. We look forward to working with all of the key stakeholders in the city region as we move to work together to make bus services better for our customers.
“No one organisation has all the solutions, so if buses are truly to be successful and provide what customers need, then they need greater support from stakeholders, particularly with critical matters such as tackling congestion which undermines the delivery of reliable services, results in inefficient running and adds to the cost of travel.”
Andrew Jarvis, Vice Chair of the Glas-Go Bus Alliance said: “Like most industries our world will be a very different place as we step back out, the alliance - and our collaborations with local authorities and SPT – presents a fantastic opportunity to truly understand people’s new travel requirements and design a transport system befitting to a world class city.”
Joan Aitken, former Traffic Commissioner for Scotland and the independent chair of the Glasgow Bus Partnership Steering Group added: “The Glas-Go Bus Alliance is great for the people of Glasgow. The alliance is a very significant development and without doubt these operators are offering a vision which very much puts the customer at the heart of its thinking."
The Glas-Go Bus Alliance Manifesto can be viewed here