Published: June 5, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea MP calls for bus services to be protected from cuts

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week called for more measures to protect local bus services from financial cutbacks.

Tessa Munt has asked the Treasury for more protection in the next Spending Round.

In a joint letter with Lib Dem colleagues representing rural areas, she stressed to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander the importance of bus links to enable people to travel to work, school and healthcare appointments.

Tessa says she is keen that the Treasury understands the impact that any further reductions could have on areas like Somerset.

She told "Good local bus services are essential to connect our communities in Somerset."

"Buses get people to jobs, appointments, education and training and are clearly essential therefore in contributing to the core objectives of getting people into work, increasing skills and promoting economic growth."

"We also need to make sure that the concessionary pass scheme for older and disabled people is funded properly."

"We need to look at new ways to make sure our rural lifelines are protected and I hope the Treasury will consider some of our suggestions."

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