Labour’s transport chief met with local commuters this week to develop a Milton Keynes bus passengers charter.
Michael Dugher, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, was joined by Citizens MK, the MK Bus Users Group, and Andrew Pakes, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South.
The bus passengers charter seeks to bring together MK Council, bus operators and passenger representatives to set out minimum standards for services, including on passenger information, comfort and quality of services.
Andrew Pakes said: “Public transport is so important for many people in Milton Keynes. This was a great opportunity to invite Michael to meet with Citizens MK and the Bus Users Group to hear about their work developing a passenger’s charter.
“Despite some developments, like on the electric bus trials, we have too little power to influence and shape bus services in the city. Labour will help get the balance right so that passengers have a real say over bus routes and services.”
New government figures show that compared to 2011, there were 1million less miles of local bus services in the South East last year.
Michael Dugher added: “Local bus services are the lifelines of our communities. The bus market is clearly broken and the way local services are provided is not fit for purpose.
“Labour will stand up for passengers by changing the way things work to hand all English regions London-style powers over local bus services. This will ensure communities get the local bus services they need.”