Labour is promising free bus travel for those under 25 as part of its programme to transform public transport – and Worcester and county, with our dreadful bus service, will benefit massively.
Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald, came to Worcester yesterday to launch Labour’s ‘Better Buses, Better Lives’ campaign and he was shocked to discover just how bad bus services are in the county whether that is going to and from towns like Upton or going to the hospital, where the time of the last bus home means that people have to curtail visits to their loved ones.
Worcestershire County Council used to spend £5.6m in 2010/11 to support bus services. This was slashed to only £1.8m by 2018/19. Buses are a good thing. Better public transport has been proven to reduce loneliness and isolation, reduce traffic jams, improve air pollution and help with climate change. And so now really is the time that public transport should be enjoying investment – and not more Tory cuts.