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The Tories' broken bus system is failing Wakefield 

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Under the Tories' decade of decline, up to 7,000 bus routes have been lost across England, and fares have risen twice as fast as wages. 

Over the last year as your MP, I have heard many stories about the state of our buses in Wakefield, Horbury, Ossett and our rural communities. 

Routes axed. Services cancelled. Buses less frequent.

The Tories' broken bus system is leaving people late for work, children unable to get to school and the elderly missing hospital appointments, with our rural communities hit the hardest.

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Labour's plan to fix our buses

I have continued to work with bus companies, Wakefield Council and the West Yorkshire Mayor to improve our bus services in Wakefield – and I’m launching this campaign to add your voice to my work.

 

But there is some good work underway.  Mayor Tracy Brabin is doing everything within her power to improve services. She has introduced the ‘Mayor’s Fares’ scheme, which has capped single bus journeys in West Yorkshire at £2 and day tickets at £4.50, making fares cheaper and simpler.

 

The Mayor has committed to reforming bus services, and the Combined Authority has agreed that franchising is their preferred option for this, subject to an audit and consultation, with a final decision being taken next year.

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As a Shadow Transport Minister, I'm working hard on plans to reform our bus system nationally. 

Passengers are being failed by a Tory government that is out of touch and out of ideas. But Labour have vowed to deliver the biggest reform to the bus sector in 40 years.

 

Our plans would allow communities to take back control of bus services, giving them the power to set routes, fares and services, and plan the network in the interests of local residents.

 

With a Labour Mayor under a Labour Government, we would be able to hold bus companies to account for their services and deliver better buses for Wakefield.

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I want to hear from you
about our buses

Simon Lightwood MP

Member of Parliament for Wakefield

​I pledged to improve the broken bus system in Wakefield, but I can only do that with your help.

To build a better picture of our bus services across Wakefield, I want to hear about your experiences of using our local buses. 

This can be anything from delays on your bus route every morning to the impact of a bus route being cut by the operators. 

The more data we can collect, the better picture we can build of the state of our bus services. 

So please complete my short survey and then pass it on to a friend or neighbour to fill in!

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