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Better transport links will help our region grow, says local MP Bridget Phillipson

Bridget fighting for Sunderland in the HOC1Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South has continued to press in Parliament for better and more accessible transport links in Houghton and Sunderland South.

This month, Bridget launched ‘The Big Bus Survey’ to give local residents a voice on how their local bus service is run. The survey has already received hundreds of responses.

Today, Bridget pushed Sir George Young, Leader of the House for a debate on better bus services. She said:

“Constituents regularly tell me of the difficulties they face in accessing local bus services—ranging from high fares and a lack of services after 6 o’clock to there being no direct routes to the hospital or to GP surgeries. In response, I have launched a campaign to improve local bus services. Can we have a debate on what steps the Government are taking to improve accountability and value for money when it comes to local people having their say over bus services?”

The response to ‘The Big Bus Survey’ so far shows that 58% of respondents want bus companies to take action and reduce fares, 42% want later running buses, while 32% said they want a more frequent service.

Speaking afterwards, Bridget said:

“A transport system which works for local residents and business will attract investment and help our region grow.

“Local residents are taking part through The Big Bus Survey and it’s already clear they want change.

“I will continue to make the views of local residents heard in Parliament and with the bus companies.”

For more information and to take part in 'The Big Bus Survey' click here.

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