Protecting our local bus services

This week I have called for Parliament to debate the funding pressures on the bus network in rural counties. Many county councils are facing a combination of challenges that is putting a strain on bus services. This includes an increased demand for the concessionary fares scheme coupled with a reduction in available funding. Transport chiefs in Norfolk; face a funding shortfall of nearly £2.5 million that threatens the future of many subsidised routes across the county.

As a passionate supporter of public transport, I am hoping that my request for a Westminster Hall debate will allow MPs to discuss this issue and highlight pro-active solutions to the current challenges. Buses are a vital lifeline to many people across Norfolk; hundreds of people in the Great Yarmouth Borough depend on them. This is true across the whole country. Currently this transport network is under pressure, due to a range of reasons and it is important that this important issue be brought to the attention of government ministers.

I know that many constituents make use of the local bus network either as a fare-paying customer or by using their concessionary travel passes. As part of my campaign, I would like to hear about how you use the local buses, is it for work, for medical appointments, to go shopping or just for leisure purposes? If you have a concessionary travel pass, how often do you use it and what difference does the pass make to your everyday life? Just drop me a line using the contact box.

13th September 2011