Passengers and MPs, including Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham, have slammed bus service cuts across the region.
Up to 20 services, many vital to commuters getting to work and patients travelling to hospital, are to be axed. Some of them may be reduced in frequency or have their routes shortened.
The changes affect passengers in areas including Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Bury, Oldham, Bolton, Wigan, Wythenshawe and Trafford. The buses affected are run by Stagecoach, First and Arriva.
Many have reacted to the news. The majority have cited that the services provide a link to jobs and training around the region. Joining the outcry are politicians who are now demanding bus firms justify their decision.
Mr Burnham said it is simply wrong that bus services can be chopped at the whim of the operator.
“People will lose confidence in using the service if they’re not sure whether a bus will turn up or not.
“Bus services throughout Greater Manchester are too often run for the profit of the operators and not for the benefit of the passengers.
“If I am elected as Mayor on May 4, I will use new powers to make buses more affordable, more reliable and work in the public interest”.
Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer, said the move was ‘yet more evidence that these bus companies are getting public money under false pretences’. His constituency will see reductions to the 118 service from North Manchester General Hospital to the city centre via Moston.
He added: “These companies do not care about public services, only their profits”.
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