Bus Services

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has called for the Government to invest more in bus services, despite bus operators making over £1 billion in profits.

During Transport Questions in Parliament recently the Jarrow MP highlighted the 45 per cent cuts to public funding for bus services, leading to a 20 per cent decrease in passenger journeys. At the same time, bus operators have claimed more than £1.5 billion in profits.

Mr Hepburn said:

“Since 2010, public funding for bus services has been cut by 45%, leading to a 20% decrease in passenger journeys. At the same time, bus operators have pocketed £1.5 billion in profits. Does the Minister think that the country and commuters are getting a good deal?"

Nusrat Ghani, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, replied:

“Well, bus patronage differs up and down the country, as does the number of miles covered by buses. When local authorities have good partnerships with bus companies, the number of bus passengers across all age groups tends to be higher. It is fundamental to note that the one place where bus miles are going down is in Labour-led Wales.”

 

Stephen Hepburn MP added:

 

“The answer from the Minister was exactly what we’ve come to expect from this government – a government which has quite simply ran out of ideas.

 

“It’s appalling that bus companies enjoy huge profits as thousands of routes are cut or withdrawn. 

 

Labour has pledged to reverse the funding cuts to bus services since 2010 by pledging an extra £1.3 billion investment and bring our buses back under public control.” 

Meet your MP

 Stephen-Hepburn-MP

Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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