Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

Fighting for bus services

Today marks 30 years since the Tories disastrously deregulated the bus market and privatised Britain’s buses.

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We have seen fares rise faster than inflation and bus usage has fallen by more than a third.

Research shows that bus passenger journeys in the North East between 1985/86 and 2015/16 declined from 426 million to 180 million - a decrease of 57.7%.

This has contributed to Britain's congestion crisis.

Quite simply, rising bus fares and slashed services are not acceptable. My Labour colleagues and I are standing up for bus passengers and the option of publicly owned bus companies.

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