First Bus campaigner to address council on March 19
A CAMPAIGNER who set up a petition to reduce First Bus fares in Bristol has finally secured a full council debate.
Graphic designer Daniel Farr’s goal of triggering a debate with 3,500 signatures was left in the balance after it emerged the petition was set up on the wrong web page.
But after switching sites and holding talks with councillors and mayor George Ferguson, Mr Farr announced the debate has been confirmed for March 19.
He told The Post: “After speaking with democratic services last week I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go.
“But I received a call from councillor Jon Rogers and was also notified by Mark Bradshaw - both of whom have been really helpful.”
Mr Farr, 33, will now be permitted to address the council ahead of a fifteen minute debate - which can be extended at councillors’ discretion.
A survey conducted in 2011 found that Bristol has some of the highest average bus fares in the UK.
First Bus South West has promises a review of their fares through a public consultation.
The company has partly blamed slow traffic speeds for their prices.
Spokeswoman Karen Baxter added she will be encouraging participation from passengers in the consultation.