Karin Smyth MP’s submission to the Transport Committee on local bus services

I submitted evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee when they visited Bristol in November to evaluate the health of the bus market.

My view is that local representatives should have the same powers as the Mayor of London, and be able to set bus routes, timetables and fares. This would mean buses run for passengers and not profit.

Many residents of south Bristol contact me with concerns about the reliability, fares and routes of buses, and I continue to represent your views to the bus companies and the local authority.

Bristol South needs a decent public transport service to keep us moving and improve air quality.

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