MP welcomes £3bn bus strategy set to benefit 'transport desert' Rother Valley
Rother Valley’s MP has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new bus strategy, backed by £3 billion of investment, which will benefit the area.
Alexander Stafford MP said it meant residents could soon enjoy frequent, more reliable and cheaper bus services.
Mr Stafford has been campaigning for improvements to ‘poor’ bus services in ‘transport desert’ Rother Valley since his election, speaking up in Parliament about elderly constituents having to wait ‘for hours’ at stops in the hope of a bus coming along.
The Conservative MP said: “Good bus services can have a transformational role in places like Rother Valley, unlocking job opportunities, boosting businesses and supporting economic growth.
“This new National Strategy Bus Strategy, backed by £3 billion, will help make to make this a reality – paving the way for simpler fares, more reliable services, and better connections across every part of the country.
“At the last general election, I stood on a manifesto that promised to level up and improve transport connections across Rother Valley and this boost to our local bus services will help to deliver on that promise.
"With this new investment, I am continuing my campaign for a direct bus route between our two largest towns, Maltby and Dinnington."
The strategy will require Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to work in partnership with bus operators to improve services for passengers in order to be eligible for funding in future.
Councils and operators will be expected to provide simpler single bus fares with daily price caps, more services in the evenings and at the weekends, integrated services and ticketing, easy-to-access information and contactless payments.