Poor bus service is ‘unacceptable’, says Michael Dugher

Michael Dugher.  Picture Tony Johnson
Michael Dugher. Picture Tony Johnson

An MP is calling for an investigation in to poor bus services, after many local residents complained that they have been left stranded.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP and Shadow Transport Secretary, said that was “unacceptable”.

Residents in Shafton and Worsbrough have complained that the 34/34a and the 8/8a services respectively are operating too infrequently with buses often not showing up at advertised times.

This has led to some local residents being forced to use taxi services to attend doctors’ appointments and to visit the town centre.

Mr Dugher has called upon the regional Traffic Commissioner and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to ensure that an investigation into the poor services is carried out quickly, so that local residents can benefit from more regular bus services.

Mr Dugher said: “Being able to get around on public transport is vital for so many people in Barnsley and it is unacceptable that many people are being left stranded with local bus services failing to turn up.

“This demonstrates once again why local communities should be given more control over how their local bus services are run – something I have been campaigning for as Shadow Transport Secretary.

“Local residents deserve a better deal. The national picture for bus services is increasingly at risk under this government with many bus routes being cut, so it is more important than ever to ensure that remaining services are reliable .

“I hope the investigation can be carried out swiftly so we can get things moving again.”

Nationally, local bus services have been severely reduced in recent years, with figures from the Campaign for Better Transport showing that 2,000 routes have been cut or withdrawn and £44 million of local bus service funding has been cut since 2010.