Brighton Pavilion Labour and Co-operative MP David Lepper has praised Brighton’s bus service saying the service is a lifeline to many people in the city. The comment was made in response to the publication of a Government document entitled 'Putting Passengers First'.
Putting Passengers First lists Brighton and Hove as one of the few places where bus use has increased since the end of bus regulation nearly 20 years ago.
David said, “In most of the country during the 20 years since the Tories deregulated buses we have seen the standard of services fall. That’s why the government is taking action to get better bus services nationally.
“The quality partnership between Brighton and Hove Buses and the city council can show the rest of the country how to do just that.
“Bus lanes, real time information at many bus stops and the company’s investment in low emission vehicles designed to be easier to use by older people, the disabled and those with children have all helped to increase bus use each year for many years. It’s just a pity that because of the opposition of the Tories, the Greens and the Lib Dems on the council we can’t get even more benefit from our buses by having a proper park and ride system for the city. “
David added, "The government’s plan is to give our local authorities more power to tailor the relationship they have with private bus operators. This will include more co-operation over routes, timetables and fares so that the service is better for customers.
"Two-thirds of all public transport journeys are taken by bus. Buses are not just vital now, they are also a key way in which we can tackle congestion and improve the environment. This isn’t just a transport issue.“
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