Today, I am urging one last push to ensure that the message from the people of Norfolk about the future funding of our local bus services is heard loud and clear by the Government. Over 14,000 signatures have already been collected during the campaign, which I launched with Norfolk County Council in September.
At the weekend, I joined Councillor Graham Plant to collect signatures in Great Yarmouth Market and collected another 700 signatures.
The petition highlights the public’s concern over the unequal distribution of support given to local authorities to fund the free bus pass scheme. The current unfair system results in an annual £4 million shortfall for Norfolk County Council. To pay for this deficit, many rural routes are at risk.
The petition will close at the end of this month, so make sure you and your friends and family have signed up. The more people signing, the more ministers have to take notice. It’s a powerful endorsement to my activities in Parliament to get a fair deal; including my Parliamentary debate and lobbying of transport ministers.
The petition has been a fantastic success, with support from across the county. I would like to thank everyone who has signed the petition, this is an important issue and I am delighted that the people of Norfolk have r got behind this campaign. It is vital that we ensure that Norfolk’s transport system is put on a safe footing.
You can sign the petition here.
21st November 2011