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Rural buses in North-East England will be cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, a Labour MP warned (15 October 2014).

[“Rural bus services cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, claims MP”, Matt Westcott, Northern Echo, 15 October 2014]

Kevan Jones broke ranks and sparked a party row by attacking proposals for a ‘quality contract’ across Tyne and Wear, to take back powers from the private bus giants.

The move is strongly backed by other Labour MPs and council leaders – and is viewed as a model by the party at Westminster, which wants to end the deregulation “free-for-all”.

But, intervening in a Commons debate, Mr Jones said the shake-up would backfire in rural parts of his North Durham constituency, where unprofitable routes are propped up.

And he branded the new combined authority’s plans for resolving disputes about which routes should survive, if the cash runs out, as “bureaucratic nonsense”.

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Written by beleben

October 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

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