SCOTLAND’S largest privately-owned bus company has announced that it will freeze its fares for the remainder of 2012.
McGill’s, which received a positive provisional decision from the Competition Commission last week in relation to its purchase of Arriva Scotland West, has said that all fares across its entire network will remain at existing prices.
The company, which operates almost 350 buses across over 40 routes, has stated that the cost of all single, return and multi-journey Go!Zone tickets for adults, children and students will remain at current rates for the remainder of 2012.
The price freeze will be welcomed by McGill’s half a million weekly passengers. Last week, train and underground operators announced that they intend to raise their fares in the coming months.
Ralph Roberts, McGill’s managing director, commented:
“McGill’s is committed to providing a first-class, reliable and cost-effective service for our passengers. We are only too conscious of the vital role our bus service plays in the local economy; providing affordable public transport access to employment and training opportunities for our passengers, whilst supporting the economic growth of the local area through direct job creation and the provision of a comprehensive bus network for employers and employees alike.”
“Within our current fare structure, passengers buying a four-week Go!Zone unlimited travel ticket can travel between Paisley and Glasgow for less than £1.50 per day. For commuters between Greenock and Glasgow it’s just less than £3 return per day; a substantial saving on pre-increase train fare prices.”
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Notes to editors
McGill’s operates over 350 buses across 44 routes throughout Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. It carries more than half a million passengers a week.
The bus company operates 99 per cent of all of its routes without any direct subsidy from government or government agency. It offers a wide range of ticketing options for passengers including its multi-journey Go!Zone ticket range which offers inexpensive travel options for commuters between Largs, Gourock, Greenock, Paisley, Erskine, Renfrew and Glasgow city centre (Examples quoted above).
In comparison, Holyrood ministers confirmed that 75 per cent of the cost of all train tickets is paid through government subsidy.
Train passengers are facing a four per cent increase in fares from January. From September, Glasgow Underground will increase its tickets by nine per cent.
McGill’s employs over 600 local people across its four depots in Greenock, Inchinnan, Johnstone and Barrhead.