The Green vision for public transport

Former Armley & Wortley stationWith just a few days to go before the election, I want to remind you about the Green Party vision for public transport.

Yesterday Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett announced our plan to give local authorities the power to regulate bus services – ending two decades of decline in this most vital of public services. This would help hugely to improve the currently poor and expensive bus services in Leeds.

Greens can deliver a public transport system that people can truly depend on and will encourage people out of their cars, helping to reduce emissions, improve air quality and lower levels of CO2.

British train journeys are the most crowded and expensive in Europe – it’s easy to see why people choose to drive instead.

Almost £4 billion of public money is paid to private railway companies each year in subsidies.

90% of their profits are then handed over to shareholders, instead of being reinvested back into improving services. As I highlighted in a previous post, this investment could mean 9 new stations in Leeds West

Over two-thirds of the British public support renationalisation of the railways.

The Green Party are the only party that has promised to bring the railways back into public hands.

We will create more reliable and affordable services for everyone, starting by immediately cutting public transport fares by 10% to relieve financial pressures for commuters.

If you share our vision, and want a public transport system designed for the people, vote Green on May 7th.

Andrew

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