Campaigners are criticising Glasgow’s public transport, and have held a protest outside St-Enoch’s subway station calling for expansion and public ownership. Get Glasgow Moving is a collection of groups calling for wholesale reform of public transport.
Scot Chase, an activist with Get Glasgow Moving, said that the city could learn a lot from places abroad:
“In Denmark they have an integrated transport card for the entire country and I could get on the bus at my home in northern Denmark, take the bus to the station, take a four and a half hour train journey, then take the metro and other transport within Copenhagen and tap out at the end – all on one fare and I could see it online.”
London also has a single payer system with the Oyster card, as well as an extensive underground and light rail network.
Consolidating the multiple modes of transport and all the companies could be a massive task, but the group does have a plan.
SPT has looked at expanding the network in the past, but put the cost of a new subway line at over £2 billion. Instead they opted to refurbish the existing stations and purchase new trains.
Hire bikes would also be incorporated in to the network under the single operator scheme. Just under half of Glaswegians have access to a car and the majority of people rely on public transport to get about.
The campaign is in its infancy, with its first petition on the way to Holyrood at the end of the month. Their aim is to make the issue a big voting issue at the council elections next May and gain cross-party support for the reforms and investment required to get the change they want.