19 JUN 2019

Intervention on transport infrastructure

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Does my hon. Friend agree that bus services are key to a multi-modal approach? At the moment, the attitude of county councils around the country is to try to take away subsidy for bus ​services, which has left the vulnerable unable to get about. What does she want to do in that respect for Redditch?

Rachel Maclean

I thank my hon. Friend for making that good point. I will come on to bus services, but I certainly agree with him. We all know that local authorities' budgets are under pressure, which means that they find it difficult to maintain services that are loss-making but are vital to constituents in remote rural areas. That is especially true for elderly and vulnerable people, who rely on those services to take part in day-to-day activities, with all the benefits for an independent life that they bring. I thank him for making that point, and I am glad he agrees with me. I will come on to bus services directly, so his intervention was timely.

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