There’s a huge lack of investment in transport in the North – and our patch is seeing the worst of it. The Government forced through savage funding cuts to local councils for subsidies previously used to provide bus services. Routes up and down the country have had to be cancelled. In our area, few buses had large subsidies, but we are also seeing essential bus services cut where not profitable.
And now we’ve heard that the number 30 bus route will be cancelled because it’s no longer profitable. It’s a huge source of concern for people in Thorpe Audlin who have very limited access to public transport.
This is the latest in a string of closures. We’ve also found out the numbers 29 and 48 are going to be closed. We’re losing services because they’re no longer bringing in money to the private companies that run them.
The removal of these services could leave many local residents stranded from local shops, services and relatives. This is typical of this Government’s approach to public transport allows providers to put profit above people.
I have already raised concerns about the bus routes with West Yorkshire Combined Authority. As a result, they are now exploring avenues to ensure the continuation of the routes in some form to protect local people – but it won’t replace these essential services in exactly the same form. I’m grateful for all their hard work. They are trying their best so we aren’t stranded.
And in parliament I will fight so areas like ours still get the services they need. We deserve these essential public services – regardless of the Government’s agenda and whether private companies can make a profit out of us or not.