Glaswegians have spoken out about the abuse felt by ethnic minorities on public transport in the city as a councillor calls for a anti-racism campaign to be put into place.

Bailie Soryia Siddique has written to the head of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) asking the body to consider starting an initiative to help root out the problem on city buses.

Similar campaigns have been launched elsewhere, with Transport for Ireland enacting a public facing project along with guides on 'allyship'.

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Just last month Glasgow Equality Forum wrote online that "racism on public transport is a huge concern" following a meeting of the city's Voluntary Sector Race Equality Network.

Dr Siddique now feels it is time to "stand together" and send "a clear message".

She said: "A public transport campaign can raise the awareness of racism, tackle under reporting and send a strong message that there is zero tolerance of any form of racism and discrimination.

Glasgow Times:

"Racism left unchallenged damages society for everyone and is a fight for all of us."

Members of the public have echoed this call.

Tino, 28, moved to the city from Zimbabwe 15 years ago, and says that the problem can often be subtle.

She added: "You see it from drunk people and I have had drivers quiz me and sometimes even refuse to take me.

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"Often I am the only person of colour on the bus, and most of the time people do nothing to step in.

"It can be very upsetting when people don't stand up for me."

One woman whose own child is mixed-race, says she has been forced to confront racist passengers on city buses.

She said she was concerned her child may think it was "normal for people to shout at black people", but praised the bus driver who removed the offending passenger from the bus.

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Both women were supportive of a move to publicly condemn racist behaviour.

Following Dr Siddique's letter, SPT have said they are happy to support moves to tackle racism.

A spokesperson added: "SPT operates a strict zero tolerance policy for any form of anti-social behaviour either towards staff or passengers travelling on public transport.

Glasgow Times:

"Everyone has the right to travel – and work – safely and any incidents of abuse, whether verbal or physical, should be reported to the police.

“We would be happy to support Glasgow Equality Forum and Dr Siddique, alongside other transport operators, to look at ways to tackle racism on public transport.”