Labour’s candidate for Sheffield Hallam has welcomed the party’s national focus on bus services today and the pledge to reverse Tory attacks on public transport.

Olivia Blake, Labour’s candidate for Sheffield Hallam, said:

“While the Tories are bickering among themselves, Labour is focusing on issues that matter to people every single day.

“This announcement is very welcome news and Labour’s plan would make a massive difference to the travelling public in Sheffield. Cuts to bus services is an issue that is raised constantly by residents on the doorsteps in Hallam.”

Labour announced new funding of £1.3bn per year to reverse cuts made to 3000 bus routes by the Tories since 2010 and to fund the expansion of new bus services.

Reinstating bus services across the country will provide a lifeline to many people, particularly the elderly, the vulnerable and people living in rural areas who have been totally cut off as a result of their bus services disappearing.

Increasing bus use will also combat air pollution and climate change impacts, address inequalities and support local economies.

This policy complements Labour’s plans to put communities in control of local services by regulating and bringing into public ownership local services, and introducing free bus fares for young people.

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