Campaigners for better buses took to the streets of Dundee today (December 8) calling on Holyrood to bring services back under public control.
Members of Unite Community’s Dundee branch set up street stalls asking citizens to back the union’s Haud the Bus campaign.
Haud the Bus is looking for public support for a petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to re-regulate Scotland’s buses, and to look at the benefits of bringing them back under public control.
Recent research for the union found that Scotland could save £51m a year if buses were re-regulated, and £76 million a year if they were brought back into ownership by local councils.
“Since the buses were deregulated under Margaret Thatcher, we’ve seen higher fares and services being cut,” said Unite Community member Michael MacGregor. “We know that in Dundee that’s left many pensioners unable to get to the shops or pay bills.
“We need bus services that put people before profit, and the first step is for people to support Unite’s Haud the Bus petition to the Scottish Parliament.”
Last month, dozens of Dundee citizens turned out for a public meeting with representatives of Bus Users Scotland, Stagecoach, Xplore Dundee and Dundee City Council, raising concerns about service cuts in the city.
Find out more about the campaign and sign the petition here.