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Buses must be a priority for government

Pictured in St John's Square, Blackpool, at the relaunch of Rideability, are (from left), Councillor John Jones (Cabinet Member-Highways and Transport, Blackpool Council), Martin Wilson (chairman, Rideability), Paul Lambert (Rideability service user) and Gordon Marsden (MP for Blackpool South and president-Rideability).

Pictured in St John's Square, Blackpool, at the relaunch of Rideability, are (from left), Councillor John Jones (Cabinet Member-Highways and Transport, Blackpool Council), Martin Wilson (chairman, Rideability), Paul Lambert (Rideability service user) and Gordon Marsden (MP for Blackpool South and president-Rideability).

Calls have been made for the Government to give more priority to the community value of buses.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said buses provided a lifeline to people of all ages.

Following a Westminster Hall debate on access to buses, he said: “Buses remain the most frequently used mode of public transport across the country, and here both in urban Blackpool and in the more rural areas across the Fylde coast, they fulfil a crucial role.

“In a town where car ownership is below average, and where shared family responsibilities mean many even with cars need to use the bus, they are a critical lifeline,”

Mr Marsden, who is honorary president of Rideability which provides a door-to-door bus service for disabled people in Blackpool, said a co-ordinated approach to community transport was vital.

He added; “The importance and wider potential of public transport and our bus services need to be recognised by the Government.

“These are issues which I have been taking up in Westminster and will continue to do so.”

 

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