Wednesday 22 May 2019 / 12:01 AM Andy McDonald / Transport

The Tories have neglected buses, along with the people and communities who rely on them – McDonald responds to Transport Select Committee report

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on today’s Transport Select Committee report on buses, said:

“The Tories have neglected buses, along with the people and communities who rely on them. Theresa May and Chris Grayling refuse to acknowledge there is a problem.

“The Government has slashed funding and denied local authorities powers over services, putting the profit of private bus companies before passengers. Our communities have been damaged by cutting people off from work and leisure and worsening congestion and air pollution.

“Labour would end austerity for bus services, delivering the funding to reverse over 3000 route cuts and invest in new services. Labour will also provide free bus travel for under 25s where bus services are brought under local authority control and give all local authorities the power to bring services under public control, allowing communities to set fares and decide routes.”