I am calling for the people of Great Yarmouth to show how much they value their bus services; by signing the Fair Fares petition; which is being arranged by Norfolk County Council.
I am a passionate supporter of our bus services and have arranged for a debate to be held in Parliament in to highlight the problems county councils and bus operators face when trying to maintain rural bus services. Norfolk County Council faces a funding shortfall of millions of pounds to pay for concessionary bus passes, which is placing the entire network under strain.
The petition can be found online at Norfolk County Council Website; the direct link can be found on http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/fair-funding-for-concessionary-fares.html.
It is vital that the petition demonstrates the strong level of support for our vital bus services, so that my case in Parliament is strenthened. The current way the concessionary bus pass system operates has the potential to fundamentally undermine the finances of the entire rural bus network, it is essential that we take steps to resolve the situation. The system is broken and must be reformed. I hope everyone will join with me in signing this petition