Following First Bus's announcement today (10th July 2023) Scottish Labour MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy has accused the company of a 'dangerous dereliction of duty' to the people of Glasgow.
The Glasgow Regional MSP has hit out at First Bus in a letter to its Managing Director for Glasgow, claiming the removal of late-night services will be devastating for those working shifts or in the night-time economy in the city.
Ms Duncan-Glancy has also written to the Minister for Transport calling for Scottish Government intervention following the announcement.
Commenting, Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP said:
"This decision is devastating for the people of Glasgow, particularly those who work shifts or in the night-time economy.
"Late night bus services were one of the only options left for people travelling in and out of the city at night as train and subway services stop operating before midnight and the recent introduction of a low emission zone means that many people do not have the option to use cars in the city centre either. With no means of transport, people will be left to walk, and late at night, that is dangerous, especially for women and disabled people.
“First Buses own data suggests that there is sufficient demand for these services so pulling them is nothing less than dangerous dereliction of duty.
“I’m asking that they reconsider the decision urgently, and I’m calling on the Scottish Government do all they can to ensure they do that, and if they don’t, to step in and ensure the city isn't left in effective lockdown during late night hours."