January 19 2016.

MPs are to debate the cost of public transport in the House of Commons today, the 19th of January. This debate follows the debate on student maintenance grants.

The second of today’s Opposition debates is on the cost of public transport, it is expected to start between 3.45pm and 4pm and to last approximately 3 hours.

Timings are approximate as Parliamentary business is subject to change.

Motion for Debate

The following motion has been tabled for debate:

"That this House believes that the rising cost of public transport is adding to the financial pressures facing many households; notes that over 2,400 local authority-supported bus routes have been cut or downgraded since 2010; regrets that bus fares have risen by 26 per cent on average and regulated rail fares have risen by up to 38 per cent since 2010; further regrets delays to rail infrastructure projects including the electrification of the Great Western Main Line, the North TransPennine route and the Midland Main Line; notes with regret the decision by the Scottish Government to award the ScotRail franchise to a private operator, rather than exploring alternative options; calls on the Government to bring forward a buses bill as announced in the Queen’s Speech to enable the regulation of local bus networks; and further calls on the Government to rule out the privatisation of Network Rail and instead extend to franchised services the model of rail public ownership that delivered record passenger satisfaction scores on the East Coast Main Line."