This Halloween the ghosts of buses past haunt the roads of Britain.
The terrifying truth of the murder of Britain’s bus routes is clear after the failed experiment of bus deregulation which celebrates its grisly 30 year anniversary this week.
Daniel Zeichner MP will visit an out of use bus stop in Cherry Hinton (this Friday 28 October at 2pm at the junction of Bridewell Road and Colville Road) which he says highlights the problem of bus deregulation. It is a bus stop that local people consistently tell him they would like to use -; but Stagecoach no longer run buses there -; and there is nothing local communities can do about it.
Across the country, similar terrible tales are told. Since the 1980s, bus journeys outside London have halved – falling from around 2 billion to 1 billion a year. Many rural communities have had their buses completely scrapped.
The Bus Services Bill currently being debated in Parliament and Daniel Zeichner MP is calling for a change in the way buses are run in our country. He said:
“Buses are a vital public service and it’s about time the public had some say in how they’re run.
“Thanks to Tory deregulation, bus passengers have been blighted by rising fares and cuts to services for three decades.
“With the Bus Services Bill soon to arrive in the House of Commons, Labour will be taking the fight to the Tories and standing up for bus passengers.”