Please find the piece on rural buses services between 44.45 and 49.06 at the following link:
Dr Neil Hudson said:
"It is vital that Local Government works together with Central Government, bus providers and communities to increase these vital lifeline rural bus services. As part of my ‘Better Connectivity’ campaign I have been calling on the government to provide the necessary funds for improvements to services. I was therefore pleased to see that on top of the government’s £3 billion National Bus Strategy which will benefit areas like Cumbria, Cumbria County Council will receive an additional £1.5 million to enhance provision as part of the Rural Mobility Fund. I implore the Council to use this, and other funds, to provide the best services possible. It is vital that they reverse their decision not to use Central Government funds to subsidise commercial services. I raised these very issues in questions to the Transport Secretary and Local Government Minister in the House of Commons earlier this year: https://www.neilhudson.org.uk/news/dr-neil-hudson-mp-urges-cumbria-county-council-use-government-support-available-improve-rural.