Right now, the Bus Services Bill is going through Parliament. The Bill will give new powers to local authorities outside London to plan and set standards for their bus networks. Local authorities would be able to set fares, to plan a joined-up network of bus routes, and introduce integrated ticketing so that tickets can be used across different bus operators or even on trams and rail in the same city. Thousands of passengers across the country stand to benefit from these new powers.
The good news is that the Government has already listened and amended the Bill to improve passenger representation. But the Bill doesn’t do enough to protect bus services outside cities, which have already faced huge cuts. In addition, it restricts how areas without elected mayors would be able to use the powers in the bill. We want to ensure that these new powers benefit bus passengers everywhere, including in towns and villages most urgently in need of reliable, frequent buses.
The Government must back a strong Bus Services Bill that will benefit bus users outside of regions with an elected mayor. A Bill that will protect the bus services so many of us rely on.
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