Monday, 1 September 2008

Age-friendly floors improve Kemp Town buses

Finally, bus services connecting central Brighton with Kemp Town and East Brighton are to be improved with a new fleet of low-floor buses.

The No 37 route, which is part-funded by Brighton and Hove City Council, will use the low-floor vehicles, designed for easier use by disabled and older passengers, from September 28, after a barrage of complaints and a campaign for more age-friendly buses by Green Party councillors.

Brighton and Hove prides itself on being a city which celebrates its diversity and one of the best bus networks in the country.

But for too long bus travel has not been a realistic option for many disabled and older people in the Queen's Park and Kemptown areas. Last year Greens called on the council to improve bus services in line with the World Health Organisation's recommendations for 'Age-Friendly Cities' and I am delighted that No.37 buses re to be served by low-floor vehicles at long last.

With petrol prices rising, an ageing population, and tackling climate change becoming ever-more urgent, it is vital that we improve public transport accessibility across the country.

Greens believe that all bus services should be re-regulated and run for the benefit of passengers, not the profits of bus operators - and if I am elected to Parliament I'll make improving access to all public transport options a top priority.

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