I would like to thank everyone who has already signed the Fair Fares Petition. Norfolk County Council’s petition has been incredibly well received with thousands of local people signing, both online and physical paper copies.
I led a large team of Norfolk County Councillors and campaigners including Steve Ames, Leader of the Borough Council, to collect signatures on Friday 7th of October, at the bus station in Great Yarmouth. This event was hugely successful with large numbers of residents signing and expressing their support for the campaign. Similar events have been arranged across the County.
The petition is running in tandem with my efforts at Westminster. Last week Members of Parliament my debate on the future funding of rural bus services, where they discussed this issue. During the debate the relevant minister Norman Baker acknowledged that the situation did need to be addressed, a significant development.
There is a real buzz about this campaign; I met several residents at the Great Yarmouth Bus station who had left their homes and walked to the station solely to sign the petition! The public support for this campaign is really strong and is inspiring. However, we can’t rest on our laurels it is essential that as many people sign the petition as possible and we need to continue to shout loud and clear that our bus system needs to be supported. This is far too important for us to become complacent. The hard work must continue.