From L to R, Duncan Cameron, First Bus Scotland MD, Graeme Macfarlan, First Bus Scotland Commercial Director, and Selina Campbell, First Bus driver.

MSPs sign pledge to improve bus services across Scotland

Cross-party MSPs have backed a pledge from First Bus, Scotland’s leading bus operator, promising to advocate for policies that will prioritise measures to improve bus services across Scotland.

The pledge, which was signed by senior MSPs including Kenneth Gibson, Sue Webber, Graham Simpson, and Mark Ruskill outside the Scottish Parliament commits to:

  • Advocating for policies that prioritise investment in bus infrastructure, which will improve bus service reliability and incentivise modal shift.
  • To invest in cleaner technologies, such as electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses, and implement measures to optimise bus operations and reduce emissions.

First Bus Scotland MD Duncan Cameron and Kenneth Gibson MSP discuss the need for investment in road infrastructure outside Holyrood

First Bus parked one of its new electric double decker buses outside the Scottish Parliament as part of its Project 75 campaign, highlighting that one double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road.

The campaign encourages people to choose the bus more often rather than relying on their car for every journey, with even swapping one car journey per week to bus having a profound impact.

It also shows how making small swaps to travelling habits can help to reduce congestion but more importantly, the impact on the environment.

First Bus Project 75 highlights how one double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road

Duncan Cameron, Managing Director of First Bus Scotland, said: “Bus services operate over 75% of all public transport journeys in Scotland and it’s great to see those involved in shaping Scottish Government policy backing our Project 75 campaign and the need to help take buses out of congestion.

“We want to provide environmentally conscious, cost-effective travel across Scotland and by increasing dedicated road infrastructure for buses, it will not only improve punctuality and reliability of our services, it will make the bus more attractive to current and potential bus users.

“The proof can be seen in Aberdeen where we provided free weekend travel on all of our services in the city thanks to savings made following the installation of new bus priority measures. The benefits of these measures can be realised quickly once they are installed and that benefit flows through to customers with faster journey times, better reliability and potentially cheaper fares.”

MSPs signed a pledge to improve bus services across Scotland

Paul White, Director of the Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland said: “As First Bus Project 75 demonstrates, making the shift from private car to bus or coach is key to reducing congestion, and in turn reducing carbon emissions. Research commissioned by CPT shows that taking the bus instead of the car just a few times per month could have major economic, environmental and social benefits.

“To support that shift, passengers want to see improvements to journey time and reliability which can be achieved through bus priority measures, and we hope to see the Scottish Government’s flagship Bus Partnership Fund reinstated in next year’s budget to support such measures across Scotland.

“Finally, operators are increasingly investing in zero emission technology and vehicles but there is still a long way to go to decarbonise all buses and coaches in Scotland, so we hope Government will consider funding future investment in both vehicles and the supporting infrastructure they require”.


Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About First Bus

First Bus is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. Making journeys easier for our customers, we were the first national bus operator to accept contactless card payments across all of our services and our First Bus App is voted ‘best in class’ amongst UK bus operators. Our most recent investments are in new, state-of-the-art buses across our key networks.

We work proactively with our local authority partners, making a positive impact on air quality, tackling congestion and improving customer experience. We are focused on First Bus becoming a leader in the transition to a low-carbon future and are committed to operating a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035. We also operate the Aircoach network in Ireland.

First Bus is a division of FirstGroup.

First Bus is an equal opportunity employer.

First Bus is an excellent place to work with opportunities for a rewarding career.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion. We believe diverse experiences and attitudes help us better understand the needs of our customers.

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