On average, commuters in Guildford spent 29 hours in traffic last year, costing them £812 and making the town the 6th most congested in the UK. This leads to missed appointments, increased pollution levels and blocking of emergency vehicles.
County Council candidate Richard Mithen at Guildford bus station.
Buses can be the solution to this gridlock, however many routes are under threat to traffic and other problems. A good local bus service also provides:
Our ageing population needs access to good transport links so they can get out and about and lead a good social life, so vital to health and well-being
Freedom and safety for young people
Our young people need to be able to travel safely around the town and to and from the villages without relying on their parents- a reliable bus service with real time information (and street lighting!) will help them do just that
On-time services for working people
Many working people have to use their cars because the buses just don’t get them to work at the right time. Guildford’s working people need buses that take them to the station, or to workplaces out of the town at the times they need to get there. Schedules must suit passengers, not vice versa.
- Increase passenger representation in procurement of bus services
- Plan to include not for profit bus companies to deliver commercial services too
- Apply the Social Value Act to all new bus contracts – buses working for people not profits!
No more cuts to vital services!