• Conor calls for local control over bus fares and routes

    Conor McGinn has told Parliament that greater power should be devolved to communities to control bus fares, set routes and integrate the services.

     Speaking in the House of Commons, McGinn noted that in the North West, 121 bus routes have been cut over the last 5 years and that there are 21 million fewer annual miles of local bus services. He added that bus fares in the North West have also risen 25% on average since 2010.

     Commenting McGinn said:

     “This government’s transport policy is not working for people who live in the North West of England.

     “Not only has the Government cancelled work on the electrification of the railways, in the North West region a staggering 121 bus routes have been cut since 2010. This has left many vulnerable people who live in rural constituencies like mine isolated.

     “At a time when people’s cost of living has increased and buses are often the only transport available, bus fares have also rise by 25 per cent on average since 2010.

     “Transport in the North West should be accessible and affordable for those who use it. It’s high time the Government devolved real power to communities so they can control bus fares and routes and integrate services.”