Saturday, 27 December 2014

Politics: Labour launch bus campaign

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Regional Growth Gordon Marsden visited Brighouse Bus Station to launch his party’s Passenger Power campaign.

Under the proposals, local authorities would have more right to make decisions about their own bus routes and making it easier for smaller companies and charities to take over services.

Mr Gordon Marsden said: “This Government’s lack of care for buses has led to services becoming more centralised and only profitable services being prioritised, while local communities have been isolated.

“A lot of people we have spoken to today understandably said they’d be more likely to use buses if there were a more comprehensive service. That’s why as part of our grants to bus companies we will expect them to put a greater emphasis on serving their communities than on their profits and executive bonuses.”

Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley, said: “One of the reasons I was so keen to talk about this campaign is because from Blackshaw Head and Mill Bank to Rastrick and Brighouse communities in Calder Valley are being left isolated because of cuts to bus services, and it’s something that is regularly brought up when I knock on doors.

“We have fought hard to protect the services for these communities in Calderdale but until more local controls are given to regions over bus routes, bus barons will continue to carve up the profitable services while passengers suffer.”

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