Road Transport: Decarbonisation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

I was delighted to hear that Andy Burnham has secured the recommendation of Transport for Greater Manchester to franchise bus services. Contrary to the nonsense spouted from the Government Benches, this has been done at the earliest possible moment following the passing of the necessary secondary legislation, and Liverpool will be next. Modal shift from car to bus will make an enormous contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Why, then, does the Secretary of State—perhaps as a parting gift—not do what a Labour Government will do and give every local authority the power to re-regulate their buses?