Glasgow calls for free public transport pilot project after Cop26
A pilot free public transport project across Glasgow could be developed in partnership between the city council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
The head of the council, Susan Aitken, will now write to the Scottish Government’s transport secretary asking for support to start the pilot project in Glasgow.
During Thursday’s plenary council meeting, the Green Group put forward a motion recognizing the success of the free integrated travel card system for Cop26 delegates in Glasgow – similar to permanent systems in other cities around the world.
Councilor Alan Young of the Green Group said: “Like many others in Glasgow and beyond, I was a little upset, to say the least, when I heard that the delegates from the Cop26 would get a free integrated travel card for their stay in Glasgow.
“Many of us in the House have been clamoring for years for a more affordable and integrated travel system for our city and here it suddenly appeared for an international conference and disappeared again.
“We cannot let this glimpse of how our transport system work be set down in history and we need to deliver a COP26 transport legacy by creating a better travel system.
“One that is affordable and offers a transition between bus, metro and train modes of transport. We hope our motion will help advance this goal today by calling for a universally free integrated public transport pilot for Glasgow. “
The motion, amended and supported by the SNP group, calls on the board to work with partners to explore the feasibility of a targeted free public transport scheme that will build on Transport Scotland’s free bus scheme for minors. 22 years old.
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SNP adviser Chris Cunningham added: “As we see expressed both in community-led campaigns and in recognition at the government level, that issues such as better integration, public ownership and free access are crucial as we move towards the transition to net zero emissions that we Support.
“Climate change has demanded that we take action as soon as possible to strengthen the need for public transport to have a sustainable future for the needs of our communities. “
The council will also work with the SPT and other relevant bodies to develop free public transport trial proposals and produce a report by September 2022.