Andy Burnham and Nik Johnson
Andy Burnham and Nik Johnson

Dr Nik Johnson as candidate pledged to reconnect our villages with a reliable bus service. Dr Nik as Mayor is now working hard to improve our bus services.

Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson got straight down to work. One of his first acts was to meet the local bus operator, Stagecoach. And as a result the Milton Road Park & Ride was restarted in June.

But it doesn’t stop there. One of Labour’s key campaign messages in the recent local elections was to run the buses for the public good.

Making public transport more affordable and attractive is a common theme for Labour Mayors and perhaps the best known is Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Having already started discussions with Andy before the elections, Dr Nik recently welcomed him to Cambridge.

They had a tour of the city and discussed how active travel and bus franchising are playing a role in Mayor Johnson’s transport plans.

The tour included a trip on the guided busway, the e-bike scheme and looking at how integration of cyclists and pedestrians in road plans increases active travel.

Andy Burham said

“We need to see buses coming under public control to get the fares down. If we made public transport much more affordable we’d see so many more people using it and fewer cars on the road.

“What I saw on the guided bus, was the number of people on the route running and cycling. The Cambridge Busway is a great example of how integrated transport can promote active travel in the region.”

Dr Nik reported

“I was very keen to speak to Andy about plans to connect our market towns to the city using high quality infrastructure and being affordable for the people using it.

“I learned quite a lot about the process of trying to introduce bus franchising and how important that can be as part of an integrated travel system.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with transport providers and communities, to ensure transport works well for our cities and our market towns.”

Watch Andy and Nik in conversation in Cambridge here:

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