James’s letter to the Bury Times about bus services
6th July 2018
Last week the Prime Minister tried to blame local authorities for cuts to bus services when challenged on this issue in Parliament.
There has been a net reduction in funding of £172 million from supported bus services in England since 2010/11, when the Conservatives came to office – a cut of 46 per cent.
Under this Government, nearly 500 bus routes have been cut every year, leaving many people without a car in Bury and across the country isolated and lonely and causing damage to local economies.
Instead of trying to point the blame elsewhere, I’d like to see the Prime Minister devolve power and funding for bus services to local transport authorities, so that local communities can determine their own priorities.
I will continue working locally to improve bus services for all residents in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom. I’m proud to have pushed for a new, direct express service from Ramsbottom to Manchester and for additional services from Tottington to Bury, but I’m worried about reports of regular cancellations and the continued poor access our rural villages receive. I’ll be raising these issues again with bus operators.
James Frith MP
Member of Parliament for Bury North