Bus cuts: Ex-mayor hits back at Sheffield council LibDem leader over 'absent from job' criticism
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He said: “Dan Jarvis was absent from his job and as a result the bus passengers of our region are paying the price because he’s allowed the bus services to get away with it.”
The Sheffield Bus Partnership, which brought together the council, the mayoral authority and South Yorkshire Passenger Executive with bus operators, was called ‘no longer fit for purpose’ by Labour and LibDem councillors.
The ex-mayor was also criticised for not moving more decisively to bring in franchising, which would give more democratic control over bus services, fares, routes and timetables.
Mr Jarvis retorted to Coun Mohammed: “I wish Shaffaq a speedy recovery from the amnesia he’s obviously suffering from.
“On my watch — despite the herculean challenges of unlocking a devolution deal and dealing with the worst pandemic in living history, we kept the buses and trams going throughout so that our key workers could get to work and residents could access public services.
“We did all we possibly could to invest in our bus services and undertook the necessary hard graft to integrate the Passenger Transport Executive into the Mayoral Combined Authority, reduce fares for young people and crucially, to bring forward highly credible funding proposals to Government.
“That our bus network faces the big challenges it does, is entirely because of the complete failure of national Government to fund our Bus Services Improvement Plan and a Levelling Up Fund bid based on improving our bus network.
“As for the bus operators, when they told me they were going to increase fares I immediately led a successful campaign to stop them doing it.
“Throughout I was in regular and constructive contact with a range of stakeholders including on a cross-party basis and including with members of Shaffaq’s own party.
“Not once did he bring forward a single idea that would have helped. He was in fact completely invisible throughout.”