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

James Frith, who is seeking re-election as MP for Bury North, is demanding local bus operators step up their game and improve services immediately following months of complaints from constituents about cancelled and delayed services.

James has fought to secure new routes and improve existing ones in his time as MP, including the new express service from Ramsbottom to Manchester, improved connections between Tottington and Bury and to Fairfield Hospital. Most recently, he had the route of the newly named B1 service connecting Ramsbottom to Bury via Summerseat and Brandlesholme extended to include Peel Brow with additional journeys added to provide an hourly service throughout the day.

Services taken over from First by Diamond seem only to have worsened since the summer and James this week wrote to the boss of the company demanding urgent action to address failings with the 472 and 474 services in particular.

James said:

“While the consultation on the future of bus services in Greater Manchester continues, services today continue to be unacceptable for local bus passengers in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom. I am calling on operators to implement urgent improvements and I continue to make the case for new routes to improve connectivity for Greenmount and Walshaw into Bury and for a direct service between Tottington and Ramsbottom.”

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