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Glasgow PTA decision wanted

23rd January 1970
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Page 31, 23rd January 1970 — Glasgow PTA decision wanted
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• The Glasgow Corporation Transport department cannot move forward effectively because city councillors are still awaiting a decision by the Secretary of State for Scotland on whether or not to establish a Passenger Transport Authority for Clydeside, claims Ca. Walter Wober, convener of the transport committee.

A decision by the Secretary of State was expected before the end of 1969, but nothing had happened, and councillors were becoming impatient, said Cllr. Wober. "We are trying to develop a successful transport service to bring back the many passengers we have lost and to prove to the motorist that it is a good alternative. Unfortunately, this period of indecision inhibits any positive planning in the long term," he added. Councillors are not happy about handing over the undertaking to a PTA or any other body, since it means losing control of the service. This can only mean (writes a CM correspondent) that the proposed merger with the Scottish Bus Group has been dropped or is opposed by the present city council. It was planned that the Group would take a long lease of the city's undertaking and pay the Corporation an annual rent.

The Group would have merged and streamlined bus services, cutting out much of the present duplication of routes. But many councillors felt that the deal was a bad one and it now looks as though nothing will come of it.

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