Writing in this week’s Redditch Standard (January 28th), Rachel said:

“Improving bus services in Redditch has been a top priority for me, which is why I recently met with Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport Cllr Alan Amos.

“On the agenda in our meeting was the County Council’s bid to introduce zero emission buses in Redditch as part of the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas Scheme.

“The County Council, with my support, submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Transport to access the funding available. It was announced last year that the County Council had been successful in this first step and was asked to develop a full business case for investment.

“If successful, we would see zero emission buses on Redditch’s roads, ensuring our town is playing its part in helping the Government reach its ambitious Net Zero target.

“A business case is currently being developed and will be submitted to the Department for Transport by the end of this month. I then look forward to lobbying Ministers and making the case for our bid to be approved.

“When I was re-elected in 2019, I pledged to campaign for a greener, more reliable bus service in Redditch, and I remain committed to delivering on that promise.

“At our recent meeting we also discussed the County Council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan – with the Council bidding for £86 million in Government funding to back their ambitious plans. I am doing all I can to back these plans, including writing to the Department for Transport in support of the County Council’s bid.

“If the bid is successful, the funding will be used to improve the frequency of bus services in Worcestershire, buying low-emission buses and improvements to the road network, as well as improved ticketing and user-access.

“I can assure you that, working with the County Council, we are determined to deliver a greener bus service in Redditch.”