Bus market is broken

Abigail Campbell
Abigail Campbell

I see Stagecoach are putting up fares by an average of 2.5 per cent across Northamptonshire despite just having achieved full-year profits of around £182 million, and growth in passenger volumes and revenues.

Since 2010 over 1,300 bus routes have been cut and bus fares have increased five times faster than wages.

The Coalition Government cut real terms support for buses by 17 per cent in three years​ and t​he biggest real terms cuts​ ​in​ ​council support for bus services​ ​across​ ​the whole country ​have been made by Tory-controlled Northamptonshire County Council.

The bus market is broken and passengers are paying the price.

Our town and villages badly need a better bus service and under a Labour government they’ll get it: local communities will have ​new powers to deliver cheaper, more frequent and more reliable bus services​ – essential for a strong local economy and for thriving communities.

Abigail Campbell

Labour Parliamentary Candidate,