Coalition rejects Labour plan to devolve bus service powers

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today called on the Government to listen to bus passengers in Hull and give them a fairer deal.

Labour tabled a Commons motion proposing to give local authorities such as Hull new powers to deliver more frequent, cheaper and greener bus services, with integrated Oyster-card style ticketing.

Since 2010, the Tory-led Government has cut local bus funding by 17% and imposed deeper cuts on Hull than on wealthier areas. As a result, over 1,300 routes in England have been cut and fares have risen five times faster than wages.