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MP Nick battling for buses

May 29, 2013 1:28 PM

Local MP Nick Harvey has asked the Treasury for measures to protect local bus services in the next Spending Round.

In a joint letter with Liberal Democrat colleagues representing rural areas, Nick stressed to Chief Secretary Danny Alexander the importance of bus links to enable people to travel to work, school and healthcare appointments.

With bus services already having faced significant cuts, the MP was keen to emphasise the impact any further reductions could have on areas like North Devon, as well as suggest alternatives.

Commenting, Nick said:

"Good local bus services are vital to connect our rural communities in North Devon. Through getting people to jobs, appointments, education and training, they are also essential to achieving the Government's core objectives of getting people into work, increasing skills and promoting economic growth.

"The Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was reduced by 20% last year and funding has also decreased for local authority transport services. It's also clear from discussions with local authorities that the concessionary pass scheme for older and disabled people is underfunded and does not cover the costs of the scheme to councils and bus operators.

"Bus links are so important in North Devon, and we need to look at new ways to make sure our rural lifelines are protected. I hope the Treasury will consider some of our suggestions - like pooling funding from all the Government Departments that benefit from local bus services."