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Take the bus with Howard Smith

Better transport for the villages and estates round Guildford is an important priority for Howard Smith, the Labour Party candidate for Guildford and Cranleigh.

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To make the point you can now get on the bus with Howard, specifically a number 4 or 5 bus running from the centre of Guildford, round Park Barn, the Royal Surrey hospital, past the Cathedral and back.

Howard’s picture fills the back of three buses on the circuit, symbolising the Labour party’s support for bus travellers and the communities they serve.

Howard said: “Buses are the most important form of travel for so many in Guildford. We have so many problems with buses out to the villages and estates.

"The recent replacement of single deckers with minibuses to Bellfields is a good example. Buses need to be better maintained, more frequent and provide a safer way of travelling for the many, not just the privileged few. I wonder how often Anne Milton travels on a bus?

Howard believes that Guildford needs to look at creative alternatives to the present transport policies and that buses could have an important role to play.

“No question, we need radical solutions.  Improving the roads of course we need to do that, but we also need to try to increase bus use.

"If elected on June 8th, I would like to see some research on the potential for making some Guildford bus routes free of charge.

"These needn't be the most popular routes, which are probably working well already, but the ones which would be most effective in reducing car use.

"The next step would be a trial period of making those free. Achieving greater bus use is a win on many grounds: it means our roads can be freed up, it can bring back a sense of community, and it's good for air quality too.”

Promoted by Nick Trier on behalf of Howard Smith, both of 9b Martyr Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LF.

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