With some of the services that are being removed, cynics might suggest that it is an attempt by the bus company to access the additional money that the Government are providing through the bus service improvement programme Grahame Morris MP
The majority of people watching Parliament usually view Prime Minister’s Questions. If this is your only insight into Parliament, I understand how laughing and jeering pantomime politics looks during a cost of living crisis and at a time of international crisis with the war in Ukraine.
PMQs is only 30 minutes, and is not representative of the work in Parliament.
Last week, as a member of the Transport Select Committee, I was able to question Martin Dean, Managing Director for UK Regional Bus at Go-Ahead Group, about the cuts to bus services by Go North East.
These sessions are more considered that the pantomime politics of PMQs
Rural bus services are on the brink, as our deregulated public transport network lacks the safeguards of the well-funded and regulated Transport for London network.
Decent rural bus services are essential to keep our communities connected, grow the economy, and level up the country.
Bus companies are playing the public, using the threat of service reductions to secure more and more funding from local government. The Government are failing their own levelling up commitment by ignoring the threat to regional and rural bus services from companies driven by one simple motive of shareholder profit rather than an affordable, frequent and reliable bus service run in the public interest.
The full transcript of the National Bus Strategy: One Year On hearing is available online, here