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Buses in Glasgow
Member Name: el_del
Buses in Glasgow
Date: 23/06/02, updated on 23/06/02 (140 review reads)
Advantages: Frequency, Night services, Cost
Disadvantages: Upstairs on double-deckers
The bus system in Glasgow is first rate. Forgetting about the dubious bus "shelters" - which are really the fault of the city council, and not First Glasgow, the bus company - you will see that the buses are many, clean and frequent.
The best innovation from the bus company is the Overground. This is a network of bus routes that run every 10 minutes in the daytime on weekdays, and (albeit less) frequently outside these times.
This scheme has expanded to cover 25 routes, which all run through Glasgow city centre.
On top of that, there are 9 routes which run on a 24 hour service. The 24-hour service runs every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights between 0100 and 0430, and the buses follow the same routes as their daytime counterparts.
The most economical way to use the bus system is to buy a multi-journey ticket. The pricing of these all-day tickets is slightly complicated:
A two-zone ticket costs £2.20. This covers almost all of the network, except towns in West Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire.
An all-zone ticket costs £2.55.
An all-zone ticket costs £1.95.
A student all-zone ticket costs £1.85.
At all times, a children's all-zone, all-day ticket costs £1.25.
The FirstWeek pass costs £10 and covers the whole network except points north of Muirhead (ie Cumbernauld). A Cumbernauld FirstWeek pass costs £13 and covers the entire network. Both tickets are purchased on the bus.
There are season tickets available in one-, two- or three-zone flavours, for one, four or ten weeks. These can be bought at SPT Travel Centres, and the usual outlets (many newsagents, etc.).
Single tickets are not so good, and they often confound drivers. They come in odd denominations, like 83p, and as change is not given, it feels a bit like a con. I was once asked for over two pounds for a single ticket in the evening, when I could have bought a £1.
95 all-day ticket.
First Glasgow runs a very modern fleet of buses, comprising double-decker, single-decker, single-decker articulated buses and minibuses. On some of the newer or less popular routes, older buses can be found, and these tend to be unpleasant (especially upstairs where smoking was once permitted and the smell lingers on). If you can avoid it, do not sit upstairs on a double-decker bus, because it is here that people smoke and drink alcohol. Downstairs on the same bus is almost always okay.
Handy bus numbers to remember are:
11, 44 for Glasgow University.
9, 16, 18, 62 for Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
55, X55 for Braehead Shopping Centre.
75, 89, 90 for Hampden Park (National Stadium).
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