Jeremy Corbyn visits Derbyshire to talk about bus cuts - after his bus doesn't turn up

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Ilkeston today to speak to residents about their concerns over bus cuts.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 3:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st January 2019, 6:23 pm
Jeremy Corbyn arrived in Ilkeston from Nottingham by car after his bus failed to turn up. Pictures by Eric Gregory.
Jeremy Corbyn arrived in Ilkeston from Nottingham by car after his bus failed to turn up. Pictures by Eric Gregory.

Ironically, Mr Corbyn had to catch a lift to the town from Nottingham after the bus he was waiting for failed to show up.

According to research by Labour, bus fares are set to 'soar' over the next few years - with average prices expected to be 53 per cent higher in 2022 than they were in 2010.

Passenger numbers, meanwhile, are on course to be 10 per cent lower than in 2010, which is when the Conservatives came to power.

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During the visit, Mr Corbyn met Catherine Atkinson, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Erewash.

During his visit to Ilkeston, Mr Corbyn criticised bus operators for raking in £3.3billionn in profits since 2009-10 despite ongoing cuts to services.

He said: "The Tories said privatisation would improve our buses but private bus companies are running bus services into the ground while raking in billions of pounds in profit.

"Passengers now face a toxic mix of rising fares, cuts to services and reduced access.

"Labour will act in the interests of the many by protecting pensionsers' bus passes and introducing a new free pass for under 25s.

As well as speaking to Ilkeston residents, Mr Corbyn also met community leaders.

"For too long the bus industry has put profit for a few before millions of passengers.

"A future Labour Government will change that."

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: "It is for councils to decide which bus operations to support in their areas, but we help to subsidise costs through around £250million worth of investment every year.

"£42m of this is already devolved to local authorities and a further £1bn funds the free bus pass scheme, benefiting older and disabled people across the country."

Mr Corbyn insisted a Labour Government would change the bus industry for the better.