Labour manifesto leak: more municipal operators

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In the Labour Party’s leaked election manifesto, there were several mentions for the bus industry, mostly centred around increased public control.

In the transport section of the document, a statement read: “Our plans for will (sic) encourage and enable people to get out of their cars, for better health and a cleaner environment.

“Across the country we will enable the creation of municipal bus companies, publicly run for passengers not profit.

“We will introduce regulations to designate and protect routes of critical community value, including those that serve local schools hospitals and isolated settlements in rural areas.”

The document also states that Labour would guarantee free bus passes as a universal benefit for pensioners, alongside the winter fuel allowance.

On the UK’s road network, Labour said it would continue to upgrade highways and improve roadworks at known bottlenecks, naming the A1 North, the Severn Bridge and the A30 as examples.

“We will refocus the roads building and maintenance programmes on road safety, connecting our communities, feeding public transport hubs and realising untapped economic potential,” the manifesto said.

The document also claimed that Labour will introduce a new Clean Air Act, intended to ‘deal with the Tory legacy of illegal air quality.’