More manifestos released

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The Green Party, UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Scottish National Party (SNP) have released their 2017 General Election manifestos.

The Green Party said it would bring a number of services back into public control, including buses, rail, energy and water. The party said it would work to increase public investment in buses, re-regulate the market and increase bus services in rural and other poorly served areas.

The party would phase-in free local public transport for young people, students, people with disabilities, and older people.

UKIP said it remains committed to keeping free bus passes for all over-60s, without means testing.

It said rural bus services are vital for those living in the countryside who do not have the financial means or the ability to drive. The party said it would provide start-up grants to support community bus operators, using smaller and more efficient buses.

UKIP also said it would abolish road tolling , which it called ‘modern-day highway robbery,’ and it opposes the proposed new Thames Crossing in Thurrock.

Buses were not mentioned once in the SNP manifesto, though the document did touch on road infrastructure developments the party is undertaking already.