Councillor’s bus drive gets Scottish Labour support

Councillor Craig R Martin is campaigning for lower bus fares in Falkirk

Councillor Craig R Martin is campaigning for lower bus fares in Falkirk

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A councillor’s campaign for cheaper bus fares in Falkirk received support at Scottish Labour’s conference in Perth.

Councillor Craig R Martin launched his drive in June this year for councils to have more control over local services to ensure prices are low and service provision matches the needs of the people in the district who use it.

Dr Martin was prompted to start the campaign after research showed that some bus fares are more expensive in the Falkirk district compared to similar journeys in other local authority areas.

He spoke at the conference in Perth after working alongside other Labour colleagues who also want to see councils run local services.

He said: “My campaign was very well received. Members were fully behind it and a motion was moved, which I seconded. Along with other points raised by my colleagues, this will now be part of the Labour manifesto.

“I spoke with councillors from other parts of the country who want to adopt all the changes discussed.”

One of the major changes would be to force bus companies to operate less profitable routes if it benefits communities.