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COUNCILS WELCOME INCREASED POWERS OVER BUS SERVICES

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Reacting to government plans* to give councils greater powers over local bus services, the Local Government Associa...
Reacting to government plans* to give councils greater powers over local bus services, the Local Government Association called for residents to be given 'more say' over services.

'There is clear public support for giving local people more say over bus services,' said transport and regeneration board deputy chair John Whitelegg. 'Councils want to change services people use for the better and create places where they can thrive.

It would have been impossible to deliver the government's target of increasing passenger numbers 'without these necessary and needed proposals,' Professor Whitelegg said. English councils outside London spend more money to enable fewer passengers to travel at fares that are significantly higher on fewer services.

'They have been hamstrung by a system that has not allowed them to respond to local need.'

Poll shows strong public support for giving councils more control over local bus services.

* DfT's proposals

Regeneration & transport

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