MP speaks out on loss of buses

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A NORTH Derbyshire MP has called on the Government to help people in small rural communities left without bus services.

Speaking in Parliament, Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North-East Derbyshire, asked Transport Minister Norman Baker to support residents in isolated areas.

Ms Engel recently met with constituents concerned about the lack of bus services and withdrawal of routes because of rivalry between transport companies.

Mr Baker said the Government is issuing a code of conduct enforced by a new Transport Commission to tackle ‘bus wars’ in particular areas.

Ms Engel said: “It is vital the Government doesn’t just pass responsibility without also giving the commission powers to ensure bus companies keep to the new code.