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Stricter bus controls could boost passengers

THE number of people using Glasgow buses will increase if services are regulated, the city’s transport chief says.

His claim came after a survey by the RAC Foundation found bus usage outside London had plunged 13% over the past decade to leave just 19% of people regular users.

However, Alistair Watson, chairman of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, said: “Over a 10 year period, bus usage in London has gone up by almost 50%.

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“A good way to reverse the decline in bus travel in Glasgow would be to introduce a regulation which would provide a more reliable service.

“Introducing regulation to the industry is, in my opinion, the key to increasing bus travel.”

The survey found the number of women drivers rose from under 50% to more than 60%. The RAC’s Elizabeth Dainton said getting people out of cars meant improving public transport.

Publication date 16/07/07

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