Background Info

Scotland's bus services are in a mess. The numbers speak for themselves. 

  • The number of bus routes registered with the Traffic Commissioner has fallen by 21% since 2006.
  • Since 2007, the number of journeys taken by bus in Scotland is down by 74 million – a 15% drop.
  • On current prices, local bus fares have jumped by 18% over the past five years.
  • A staggering £2.6 billion in public subsidies has been handed to bus firms in Scotland since 2006/07, fuelling healthy profits made by the likes of Stagecoach and First.

Haud the Bus is Unite Scotland's campaign to put passengers before profit. It started as a Unite Community campaign following bus service cuts in North Lanarkshire - but now it's going nationwide.

We want buses in Scotland to be regulated again, so that local people - through their councils - can regain control over their bus services. 

We also know that the best bus companies are often those that put passengers before profits - like Lothian Buses in Edinburgh, which is owned by local councils, not private shareholders. So we also want MSPs to explore ways of bringing bus services back into common ownership.

We have commissioned research into how we can work together to create a world-class bus service for passengers, and you can read the full report here:


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