- 25 August 2015
Glasgow SNP Council Group have committed to re-introduce free school buses across Glasgow that have been axed by the ruling Labour administration. With the north of the city, and Maryhill and Springburn particularly affected, the announcement will be some rare good news for parents currently struggling to find safe walking routes to get their kids to school or to afford the cost of commercial bus travel.
Commenting on the announcement SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris said: “I am thrilled my SNP council colleagues, the official opposition to Labour run Glasgow City Council, have said a future SNP Council would reinstate the bus provision that has been axed by Labour. With kids now back at school following their summer holidays, the timing will be a boost for worried families.
“I have spent the summer campaigning with families across Maryhill and Springburn against these cuts. The Council has failed to consult parents over the axing of buses, did a botched job over supposed 'safe' walking routes and ignored serious concerns over childcare arrangements, financial costs to families, and worries over attendance and educational attainment. It looks like it will take an SNP run Glasgow in two years time to bring back our kids buses. In the meantime I will continue to campaign with families locally for Labour to do the right thing NOW.
John Letford , SNP Councillor for the Maryhill / Kelvin Ward added: “I am proud that my group is now committed to reversing this iniquitous policy. Of course, it is true that the greatest impact of Labour’s shocking school transport policy is felt in my ward. However, it is only felt most here because Labour closed three schools in my area and are now expecting people to forget they promised to bus affected children to the new schools".