The Buses Bill: What’s in it for rural services?

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In a comment piece, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK, has said it is critical that rural communities are not left even further behind their urban counterparts than is already the case.

She goes on to say that Bus Users is contacted on a weekly, almost daily, basis by passengers concerned that their services are going to be reduced or removed altogether, leaving them isolated and without access to schools, employment, health services, shops, friends and family.

Claire Walters said: “Rural communities should be fully consulted when it comes to local bus services, and their needs should be a key consideration in any franchise or enhanced partnership agreement.

“Bus Users will continue to work with local authorities to make sure the needs of these communities are properly considered, so the opportunities of the Buses Bill can be fully realised, and bus services improved for all passengers.”

Image: Charlie / Flickr

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