Bus services are a lifeline for lots of people.
Whether it’s getting to work or school, doctor or dental appointments, or heading into town to meet up with friends, many will struggle if services stop.
In my response to Kent County Council’s bus consultation, I’ve called for any reduction in bus services to be kept to an absolute minimum – paying particular attention to people and places that most rely on subsided routes.
I’ve also stressed that no communities should be left without a bus service as a result of any changes.
While I understand the challenges faced by KCC, it’s crucial that any changes to services are kept to an absolute minimum.
This is particularly important for elderly residents and school children who often rely on subsided routes the most.
Earlier this month I met representatives from Arriva buses to raise existing problems with local services – including delays to buses used by school children.
Longer-term, I’m pleased Kent is getting £35 million from the Government’s National Bus Strategy to improve bus services locally. This will include cheaper and simpler fares as well as new bus lanes and bus stops.
I’ll continue to work with Councillors, bus operators, and Ministers to deliver better buses for people in Faversham and Mid Kent.
Read my full consultation response below.