Rosie Cooper MP is urging West Lancashire residents to participate in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority consultation on Public Transport. The consultation is about bus services in the Manchester City Region but will affect cross boundary bus services that come through West Lancashire. The deadline for participation is 29 January.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is vital that anybody who uses these bus routes responds to the consultation to make their needs known to Greater Manchester. In many cases these will be essential routes connecting people with their loved ones, work and schools.
“Already too many bus routes have been affected, some reduced and others scrapped. We need to protect every service we have.
“It is important that decisions taken on the operation of bus services in the Greater Manchester area should not affect their overall viability and potentially cause the future deregistration and loss of that route. This could have a significant effect on resident’s ability to travel.
“We border both Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester who are both looking at bus franchising and this means we have to fight to keep our bus services!
“Without strong opposition, Greater Manchester will almost certainly make decisions in their own interests which may affect bus services to or through West Lancashire. We need to remind them that decisions they take will affect us and we want to be heard.
“Please visit the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Consultation Hub site to take part. This can be found at https://www.gmconsult.org/strategy-team/greater-manchester-bus-consultation/ “