PTEs welcome Creagh’s franchising backing

A group of leaders from England’s Transport Committees has welcomed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Mary Creagh’s backing for “London-style regulated bus services.”

It follows a meeting on 27 October with Ms Creagh and the group, comprising Cllr Andrew Fender (Greater Manchester), Cllr Frank Lott (North East Combined Authority), Cllr James Lewis (West Yorkshire), Cllr Bill Mordue (South Yorkshire) and Cllr Liam Robinson (Merseyside).

Says Ms Creagh after the meeting: “Buses are the forgotten backbones of our villages, towns and cities, yet this Government has allowed bus fares to rise by an inflation-busting 25% since 2010.

“Labour wants to deliver cheaper, more frequent, more reliable and greener bus services with smart ticketing, clear timetables and real time information.

“A Labour government will provide all necessary support to ensure that any city that wants London-style buses can have them.”

Said Chair of the group, Cllr Lewis: “For far too long we have faced service cuts, fares hikes and patronage reduction, as under deregulation bus companies are free to provide the services that make them large profits – not the network that would best serve the needs of our economies and communities.”