Labour’s candidate for Mayor condemns the decision and explains his plans to run a bus service for the public good.
Bus users in Milton and beyond were left reeling today as Stagecoach suddenly announced that the Milton Park & Ride service will be suspended from next Monday 10th May.
This decision has been made following discussion with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Mayor. And this Thursday local people can make their views clear as elections take place to decide who runs Cambridgeshire for the next four years.
Dr Nik Johnson Labour candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said
“I am hugely disappointed by this decision. It’s a massive step in the wrong direction. Let’s get these buses running and running on time as part of a Combined Authority that puts buses at the heart of the community.
“This just shows the folly of trying to deal with private enterprise running what should be public services. My plan is to take back control of the buses. Manchester is doing this under Mayor Andy Burnham and I’ve been working with him to see how we do the same here in Cambridgeshire
“The current mayor James Palmer wants to spend billions on a CAM metro system but can’t get the buses to run. Let alone run on time. As Mayor I will run public transport for the public good”
“I will scrap the metro system and invest in our bus network instead. It’s my aim to reconnect our communities with a reliable, frequent and affordable bus service. ”
“For the sake of our environment and for the sake of the sanity of our communities we have to get people out of their cars and into green and clean buses. I’ll encourage this with cheaper fares and will work towards free travel, starting with 16-18 year olds”
James Bull, Labour’s candidate for County Councillor for Waterbeach and Milton added
“As a result of poor decisions and cuts by the Conservative County Council, buses throughout the county have been reduced or cancelled. It comes to something when even the well-used Park & Ride is being shelved. It’s high time to run public transport for and by the public. As a Labour County Councillor I am determined to make that happen”