James discussing bus services with Mayor Andy Burnham
James discussing bus services with Mayor Andy Burnham

More journeys are made on buses than on any other form of public transport. Buses are crucial to the economic prosperity and social wellbeing of our town and a lifeline for rural communities. But following 9 years of Tory austerity, bus services are in crisis.

Under the Tories:
  • Bus services have seen real terms cuts of £645 million per year since 2010
  • 3,000 bus routes have been reduced or withdrawn, leaving bus coverage at a 30-year low
  • Fares have soared at two and a half times the rate of wages
Labour will:
  • Invest £1.3 billion per year to reinstate routes and improve bus services, funded from Vehicle Excise Duty
  • Give local authorities the power to regulate bus services (franchising)
  • Fund free bus travel for under 25 year olds in areas that franchise bus services and protect free bus passes for older people

This announcement forms part of Labour’s commitment to end the air pollution crisis and tackle climate change and congestion on our roads.

Following James’s recent bus surgery, he called for an urgent meeting with GM Mayor Andy Burnham to discuss the need to improve local services. They met in July 2019 to discuss proposals to improve services in Bury and across GM. James also met recently with Bury’s biggest bus operators to ask them to do more to improve services through more rural parts of Bury and Tottington and between Tottington and Ramsbottom and secured agreement from TfGM to improve the 477 route through Ramsbottom.

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