Labour has announced new funding of £1.3bn per year to reverse cuts made to 3000 bus routes since 2010 and to fund the expansion of new bus services.
Reinstating bus services across the country will provide a lifeline to many people, particularly the elderly, the vulnerable and people living in rural areas who have been totally cut off as a result of their bus services disappearing.
Increasing bus use will also combat air pollution and climate change impacts, address inequalities and support local economies.
This policy complements Labour’s plans to put communities in control of local services by regulating and bringing into public ownership local services, and introducing free bus fares for young people.
Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“Slashing bus funding damages our communities by cutting people off from work and leisure and worsens congestion and air pollution.
“Labour is announcing an end to austerity for buses and providing the funding needed to transform local services to allow our towns and cities to thrive.”
This year, through Labour's policy making process, the National Policy Forum (NPF), we'll be looking at how we further develop the policies set out in our manifesto. We have chosen eight key areas to examine and we want to hear your thoughts.
One of the key areas is ‘Local Economic Development’ asking, how do we rebalance our local economies to serve the interests of the many and not just the few?
Labour is encouraging anyone with an interest in developing our policy on local economic development, including things like transport, to get involved and submit their response online at: