Time to get tough with city bus companies - Nethsingha

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrat Leader, Lucy Nethsingha, claims it is time to get tougher with bus companies and set them ambitious targets for Cambridge.

She said that as the county council was planning to invest millions of pounds in infrastructure to support bus travel, passengers and residents should know what they can expect companies to do in return.

Cllr Nethsingha criticised Cambridgeshire County Council for not including more ambitious targets in their bus plans for the city.  

“Given that so many of the council’s plans for easing congestion in Cambridge depend on improved bus services, I am shocked that the council is not expecting more from bus companies operating in the city centre,” she said. “While I welcome aims to improve air quality, I think that a council which is planning to invest many millions of pounds in infrastructure to support bus companies could have taken a more robust line with bus companies about what residents and bus users can expect in return.”  

Cllr Nethsingha’s call for a tougher line came as the council’s Economy and Environment Committee was debating a new Quality Bus Partnership for Cambridge City Centre.  

During the discussion Cllr John Williams, Lib Dem councillor for Fulbourn, called for improved standards for tourist coaches as well as regular buses. He said the council must demand transport powers more like those available to Transport for London in any devolution bid.

The committee agreed that the bus partnership should run for five years instead of the original recommended 10 years and should be reviewed in 12 months.

CONTACT: Lucy Nethsingha – 07969 112235

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