To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to prevent bus companies reducing bus routes and services in the North East.
2 July 2015
The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding the provision of individual bus services is primarily a commercial matter for bus operators.
Local authorities also have powers to subsidise services they consider socially necessary and spend over £300m per year doing so. They are best placed to decide how to support non-commercial bus services, taking into account local priorities.