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This week is “Catch the Bus Week” - a nationwide campaign driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. There will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.

Last Friday I went to visit First Bus at their Bolton depot to hear about their new initiatives to make buses more user friendly.

They have launched wifi for passengers on their Bolton buses, and the big change coming next month is real-time information about where buses are and when you can expect them. You’ll be able to check bus times and receive updates through the First app as well as being able to buy mobile tickets on smart phones.

It is good to see bus operators investing in this way to improve the service that they offer. We’ve seen in towns and cities around the world that where services are convenient, reliable and affordable they choose public transport, and being able to access the information you need to travel with confidence is a big part of that.

I am proud to support public transport. Many people on low incomes do not have access to a car, teenagers and pensioners alike often depend on buses to play an active role in the community. I will keep campaigning for Bolton to have the best possible bus services and I hope you’ll use this week to re-think buses as an alternative for you.

For more information on Catch the Bus Week and the benefits of buses click here.

Catch the Bus week

This week is “Catch the Bus Week” - a nationwide campaign driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. There will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking...

There are serious questions to be asked of the Government and Network Rail following today’s announcement that many projects to improve the railway network will be cut back or delayed.

It would seem that due to the rising cost of projects in the South of England those of us in the North and the Midlands will be forced to wait years for much needed improvements. I cannot imagine a scenario where projects in London would ever be cancelled because engineers in Bolton were taking longer than expected.

I hope that our local electrification project will be unaffected by today’s news given that it is currently underway, but if there are any delays then local residents deserve to know about it.

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I worry about the plans to add additional services to the Bromley Cross line. Recent statements suggested that even after work is completed to improve the line this summer no extra services would run until the Clithroe/Manchester line has been electrified. I do not know the state of that project following the news today. Overcrowding and unreliable trains on this line have plagued passengers for years, any delay to plans to put that right will be a heavy blow.

This fits into a pattern of broken promises by the Conservatives. Local residents deserve open and honest answers about the future of our train services and I will continue to push the Government on that.

Find out more about my campaign to get our trains back on track here.

Network Rail -What next for our railway services?

There are serious questions to be asked of the Government and Network Rail following today’s announcement that many projects to improve the railway network will be cut back or delayed....

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