MP raises rural bus concerns in Parliament

Julian has raised concerns about rural bus services in North Yorkshire in the House of Commons.

During Transport Questions (on Thursday 8 May), he asked the Transport Minister:

“From Gargrave to Embsay and from Masham to Ripon, communities across Skipton and Ripon are concerned about cuts to rural bus services.

“What more can Ministers do to work with the most rural parts of our communities on buses? Will they look very favourably at North Yorkshire county council’s bid to the sustainable transport fund, which closes later this month?”

In response, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said:

“As a North Yorkshire Member myself, I am aware of some of the changes to rural bus services that are affecting my constituents as well as my hon. Friend’s.

“The fact remains that, outside London, 44% of the fare box that goes to bus operators is provided through various subsidies. We need to be more intelligent in targeting the services that people, particularly pensioners, use in rural areas.”