Protesters to target First Bus fares
A PROTEST against First Bus fares is set to take place at the beginning of next month.
Organisers are hoping to put pressure on the company - operating nearly all bus routes in Bristol - over their prices which, they say, do not reflect the qualtity of service.
The protest is coupled with an e-petition which has gathered over 1,000 signatures.
Daniel Farr, 33, a graphic designer who set up the petition and is organising the protest, told the Post he is fed up with the operators.
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He said: "I have been using the bus service for a number of years now and the prices just keep going up while the service doesn't improve. The two just don't seem to relate."
He added that a reduction in fares would encourage people onto buses which could impact on the environment.
He said: "At the moment it's much more expensive than any other city, including London, and the buses are currently half empty.
"If they were cheaper then it could reduce congestion and have a knock on effect on the environment.
"At the moment the company has a monopoly so they can effectively charge what they want."
Rob Telford, Green Party candidate for Ashley ward, has thrown his support behind the petition and protest. He told the Post: "I saw an advert for a bus to London today for £7 and we are still paying £4 to get around Bristol. That's part of the reason why I am getting involved."If you look at the service First Buses offer, it doesn't match up with their prices; they are often late and unreliable. There needs to be action."The protest will take place outside Malborough Street Bus Station on February 2 from 12pm until 2pm.
To sign the petition visit: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43134.