WORKING families are being “priced out of public transport” and whole communities are being cut-off and ‘ghettoised’ because of unacceptable increases in bus fares, according to campaigners. The warning comes as First Bus announced fare rises of up to 40 percent last week, prompting widespread condemnation. All seven of Glasgow’s MPs have written to the bus company urging the firm to back down on the increases, while First Minister Surgeon expressed concerns in the Scottish Parliament following a motion laid down by Labour MSP Johann Lamont. Rises to both single and all day tickets for adults and children mean that fares for one adult and two children to make a return journey of under two miles into Glasgow city centre now cost £7.50. An off-peak all-day family ticket (two children and two adults) now costs £9 while an Uber taxi fare for the same journey starts at just three pounds one way. Loading article content First Bus claims that good value is offered by its annual, ten week and weekly passes – the latter £17 for seven days – with additional discounts given for mobile payments. However campaigners say they are not cost effective for part-time or zero hours contract… Read full this story
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