But despite this bleak picture, I have real hope for the future. A Bus Services Bill is currently going through Parliament. This will make it easier for local authorities to plan their bus services to really meet the needs of people in their area. And with just a few changes, the Bill could be even better:
- We want ALL local authorities to have the full range of powers in the Bill, not just those areas with an elected mayor. This change would benefit rural areas, where bus services sorely need protection.
- We want to see an Investment Strategy for buses. Rail, roads, cycling and walking all have a Government investment strategy: buses desperately need one too.