OPINION: Are bus services not glamorous enough for politicians?

OPINION: Are bus services not glamorous enough for politicians?

12th December 2019, a big day for the UK as people go to the polls to decide who they want to govern them for the foreseeable future, bus services seem to be at the bottom of the major parties agendas.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, had already announced extensive spending plans for the strategic roads network prior to the election being announced, with £220m to improve bus services.

But both the Conservatives and Labour make promises to spend more money on railways, with Labour considering nationalisation, where as the Conservatives hoping to announce the results of a review of HS2 and rail franchising after the elections,

There was also mentioned in the Conservative pledge of £220million, that Cornwall – where the Conservatives are fighting off a Liberal Democrat resurgence – will pilot the first “superbus network” designed to “link up various different services and unite the existing fragmented system.”

The Labour part, in their currently announced policies, have no mention of any bus related plans.

However, in the current situation with Brexit, and austerity cuts to local government still affecting how much can be spent to bus services after paying for vital services such as collecting the bins and adult Social Care, are bus services not glamorous enough for politicians?

I think not.


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Tom

Interested in Freedom of Information, Open Data, Real Time and mobile ticketing amongst other things. Loves travelling on trains and buses.

2 thoughts on “OPINION: Are bus services not glamorous enough for politicians?

  1. Tom, I think the problem is that this General Election is not about ‘general’ policies, those that would normally be considered ‘vote-winners’, but is being pitched as a straight Conservative vs Labour battle on the topic of Brexit.

    Not wanting to get too political here, but neither of those parties really ‘cares’ about ordinary voters, they are just interested in getting into power.

    I suspect we might be on different ends of the political spectrum, however I believe we might both agree that it is time that both ‘big’ parties put aside their petty squabbling and allowed voters to have some real choices at elections, rather than forcing voters to ‘tactically’ vote.

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