Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, is celebrating Labour’s announcement of new funding for buses today. This funding will reverse Conservative cuts to 3,000 bus routes since 2010, and will expand new bus services.
Mr Zeichner says “This policy announcement is a real win for both public transport users and motorists – improving bus services will reduce congestion, which will greatly improve things for Cambridge residents who are sick of sitting in traffic.“
“Improving services will increase bus use, which will combat air pollution and climate change as well as improve social mobility by allowing people who live in poorly-connected places to better access vital services and jobs. The withdrawal of routes in Cambridge has had a really negative impact on vulnerable people.“
In March, Daniel Zeichner raised the fact that the Prime Minister had suggested that there were 10,000 new bus routes in the midlands and the north in a response to a PMQ by Alex Cunningham MP. When Mr Zeichner investigated these figures he found that in fact while over 13,279 routes have been registered and 13,153 routes have been withdrawn, which means that there are actually only 126 new routes, meaning that the Prime Minister’s suggestion was out by nearly 99%.