Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston, Justin Madders has today pledged to make fighting for improved public transport in Neston one of his key priorities if he is elected in May.
In recent years the Neston area has suffered a range of transport setbacks, following cuts to local bus services. Justin has argued that the current services are fragmented and inconstant, with two busses turning up within a very short timeframe of one another, followed by long lulls with no services at all.
Justin has also pledged to keep up the pressure on the UK Government, local Council and Welsh Assembly to ensure that the electrification of the Wrexham to Bidston train-line becomes a reality. Electrified railway lines deliver shorter journey times, higher levels of reliability and less crowding; all of which contribute to a better journey for passengers.
A recent report by the North of England Electrification Task Force’s report, announced by the Department for Transport, highlighted the Chester to Stockport and Warrington to Chester routes as having the highest priority need possible. The report, welcomed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, offered no such priority to services in Neston.
Commenting, Justin Madders said:
“Cuts by the Conservative-controlled Government and Council have made a bad situation worse in the Neston area and have left a number of residents feeling increasingly isolated.
Not only does this impact on elderly residents who often depend on public transport, it also effects younger people who find it much harder to access employment opportunities.
Sadly, the record of this Tory Council leads me to question whether they even know where Neston is. If I’m elected, I’ll be a constant thorn in the side of Ministers and Council bosses, arguing for the investment in bus and rail services that local people so badly need.”
Labour Councillor for Little Neston & Burton, Louise Gittins added:
"Nearly 2000 residents have signed a petition titled 'Bring Our Buses Back'. The petition was presented to full council at the end of February. The petition called on Cheshire West council to bring different agencies together to find a solution to the lack of buses in the area. The Council have not even bothered to respond to the petition.
The wards in the Neston Area have an above average level of elderly people who struggle to get to hospital for appointments and to visit friends and relatives. Social isolation is a real issue for our community.
Residents in Burton have no bus service what so ever. Young people have nowhere to go in their leisure time and unreliable services to Ellesmere Port mean they are often late for College. The Council need to take action now"