James with Andy Burnham
James with Andy Burnham

Bury North MP James Frith met with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham last week as part of his Better Buses for Bury campaign and called for the Mayor to use new franchising powers to improve services in Bury. James is calling for improved performance on existing routes and new routes which connect rural communities to the wider conurbation. Over 100 Bury residents have joined the campaign in the last week.

After the meeting, James said:

“I expressed to the Mayor my disappointment and frustration with the poor service offered by First and their ability to pull vital bus services off the road with little notice and no oversight. I urged him to use the new powers which will soon be available to him to introduce new franchises with strict requirements on operators to deliver services to rural areas at affordable fares. I want to see the new franchising scheme introduced early in Bury and will be working with Bury Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to make this happen.”

GM Mayor Andy Burnham said:

“I know many residents in Bury and across Greater Manchester have frustrations about their local bus service. I’m committed to using the powers of the Mayor to get a better deal for bus users. I will continue working closely with James and other MPs to secure the services our residents deserve.”

Half price bus tickets for 16-18 year olds came into force on 1st September. James also called for half price tickets to be available to young people using the tram network.

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