Rachel has renewed her commitment to delivering a greener bus service in Redditch following a meeting with the County Council’s highways chief.

Today (January 19th), Rachel met with the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, Cllr Alan Amos, to discuss bus services in the constituency.

On the agenda was Worcestershire 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 the support of Rachel, 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.

Rachel and Cllr Amos 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. Rachel has backed the plans by 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.

Rachel said:

“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.

“I’m working with our County Council to achieve this, and they are just as ambitious as I am about our bus service.

“I will continue to do everything I can to ensure the bids for zero emission buses and Government funding are successful.”