米爾頓凱恩斯將公交車交還給議會控制的動議獲得通過

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米爾頓凱恩斯將公交車交還給議會控制的動議獲得通過

當地政府的領導層,由工黨和自由民主黨議員組成的進步聯盟,在議案中聲稱,公共交通的私有化是 "一個失敗的實驗"。

該計劃得到了跨黨派的支持,可能需要長達三年的時間來改變。

當地政府說,成千上萬依賴公交車的人正被罷工行動或削減路線的做法所困擾。

自由民主党進步聯盟負責公路的內閣成員Paul Trendall說,當局將需要兩到三年的時間來改變,但其結果將是與商業公司不同的模式。

他說:"更有活力的東西,使用更靈活的車隊,更適合於需求和路線,"。

"至關重要的是,我們要推動政府向市議會下放更多的權力,以便我們能夠更有效地運營和管理我們自己的巴士服務。"

"在米爾頓凱恩斯的其他城鎮,提供混合的商業服務似乎非常容易,但在米爾頓凱恩斯,要做到這一點已經不可能。

"我們想了解原因,並爭取找到一個解決方案,在米爾頓凱恩斯的每個地方提供公平的公交服務。"

"議會經營它們或特許經營它們意味着它們可以在人們真正需要去的地方運行,"他說。

"在米爾頓凱恩斯有各種沒有服務的地區,議會應該而且可以提供巴士服務。"

米爾頓凱恩斯的大部分巴士服務是由Arriva公司運營的,該公司不得不應對因工資和撤銷路線而引起的罷工。

然而,該運營商說。"Arriva在與米爾頓凱恩斯的合作中有着值得驕傲的歷史,我們仍然致力於通過這種持續的合作來建立我們的商業網絡--提供最好的服務來連接米爾頓凱恩斯的社區。"

議會負責人現在將寫信給交通部長,要求修改1985年交通法,允許其運營自己的巴士。


The local authority's leadership, the Progressive Alliance, made up of Labour and Lib Dem councillors, claimed in the motion that the privatisation of public transport was "a failed experiment".

There was cross-party support for the plan that could take up to three years to change.

The local authority said thousands of people who rely on the buses were being let down by either strike action or the cutting of routes.

Paul Trendall, Liberal Democrat Progressive Alliance cabinet member for highways, said the authority would take two or three years to change, but the result would be a different model to commercial companies.

"Something more dynamic, something that uses a more agile fleet, more suited to the needs and the routes," he said.

"It is vital we push the government to devolve more powers to the city council so we can operate and manage our own bus services more effectively."

"It seems very easy at the other towns across Milton Keynes to deliver a mix of commercial services but in Milton Keynes it's become impossible to do that.

"We want to understand why and are aiming for a solution to deliver an equitable bus service in every part of Milton Keynes."

"The council running them or franchising them means they can run where people actually need to go," he said.

"There's all sorts of unserved areas in Milton Keynes that the council should and could run a bus service to."

The majority of bus services in Milton Keynes are run by Arriva, which has had to contend with strikes over pay and withdrawal of routes.

However, the operator said: "Arriva has a proud history of serving Milton Keynes in partnership with the council and we remain committed to build on our commercial network through this ongoing partnership - delivering the best possible service to connect the communities of Milton Keynes."

Council chiefs will now write to the Secretary of State for Transport and request an amendment to the Transport Act 1985 to allow it to operate its own buses.

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