Bus petition reaches 3,500 signatures

20 02 2013

This petition calling on First in Bristol to reduce their bus fares has now reached 3,500 signatures, automatically triggering the right to be debated by the full council in City Hall. In the meeting, debate will focus on the quality of First’s service and the view that high fares are coupled with poor service.

If he chooses to, organiser Daniel Farr will also be given five minutes to present his petition before it is then discussed by councillors for up to 15 minutes, or more if the Lord Mayor (who chairs full council) gives permission.

Despite announcing a consultation last month a few days before a demonstration outside Bristol bus station, it has yet to begin. When it does start, the consultation is scheduled to last up to six months.

The suspicion is that it will be little more than a PR exercise delivering no real change. But Farr promises: “We’re not going away until fairer fares are delivered.”

First's office in Bristol bus station



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