MP gets on board bus cuts campaign

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AN MP is taking the fight to save local bus services to Whitehall.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright will present a Parliamentary petition regarding the loss of some vital bus routes and withdrawal of evening services to the House of Commons later this month.

Mr Wright is calling on the people of the town to sign the petition and let the Government know exactly how they feel about the planned cuts, which affect residents in Elwick, Dalton Piercy, The Headland, Burbank area, Greatham and other parts of town.

It follows a petition that was handed in from residents in the Burbank Street area of Hartlepool, Greatham and Elwick to council leaders.

Mr Wright told the Mail: “The local bus network for Hartlepool is simply not good enough and will get a lot worse if plans to stop night buses and cancel essential routes for The Headland, Burbank, Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Greatham and other parts of the town go ahead.

“This will leave many residents isolated and without any means of transport.

“The petition to the House of Commons will highlight the issue to the Government and will urge the Transport Minister, Philip Hammond, to work with the local council and bus companies to ensure that bus services in Hartlepool are provided for the interests of residents, passengers and the town, not private profits for shareholders.”

Subject to Parliamentary business, Mr Wright hopes to present the petition in the week beginning March 28.

Hartlepool Borough Council recently approved the budget for next year, which included axing £287,000 from the supported bus service budget for routes that operators including Stagecoach, Arriva and Tees Valley Coach Travel, say are not commercially viable.

People can register their support and sign Mr Wright’s petition by contacting him at 23 South Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9HD, by calling (01429) 224403 or by emailing iain.wright.mp@parliament.uk.

The committee will accept written contributions until Easter by either writing to Transport Committee, Room 101, No7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA or emailing transev@parliament.uk

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