Liberal Democrats candidate Tom Shaw calls for better public transport

LABOUR’S BUSGATE PLANS WILL KILL HEYWOOD MARKET!

Liberal Democrat candidate for West Heywood, Tom Shaw, shares the concerns of market traders who are facing wipeout as a result of Labour’s latest loony proposals to stop cars using  L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way in their latest loony traffic plans.

Tom Shaw said “These daft propsals mean that Hartley Street will become one way, and so to get to the Market Car Park from the west of Heywood we will have to drive along York St to the White Lion, turn right up Rochdale Road, turn right again down Church Street, and then turn right again onto Hartley Street. This is going to increase traffic pollution and frustration in Heywood Town, and will increase the amount of traffic cutting through the back streets, causing even more agravation."

Tom added that “For Heywood Town this would be a lose, lose, situation.”

 

Tom and a bus
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Cancel the Busgate.

We, the undersigned, oppose the proposed bus gate for L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way and call upon Rochdale Council and the Mayor of Greater Manchester to stop this proposal to reconfigure traffic flow in Heywood Town Centre.

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THE BEE NETWORK IS A GOOD IDEA RUN BADLY!

Do you take the bus to get to work, to the shops, or to visit friends and family? Many of us do, and buses keep our towns moving, employment accessible, and recreationals services accessible to everyone. Yet since privatisation in the 1980s fares have gone up, and thousands of bus routes have been cut, leaving passengers stranded.

Liberal Democrat candiate for Heywood and Middleton North, Tom Shaw stated that "Whislt, in principle, the Liberal Democrats are supportive of the Greater Manchester Mayor taking over responsibility for running the bus services across the metropolis, those services have to meet local needs, and run efficiently, and right now they do neither.

Focus on Better Busses

Bringing the busses back into the control of the Greater Manchester Mayor should mean we get lower prices and lower costs of running the service as we are not paying shareholder dividends any more, and local control of the service, meaning we should get the busses we need.

However, the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester has not gotten off to a good start despite having 12 UK other local councils to look to as examples of how bus services are already being run by councils and mayors. Indeed the publicly owned bus services in Edinburgh, Nottingham, and Reading, together with the continued bus services in Greater London, all provide blueprints that could have been used in developing the services here in Greater Manchester.

The key thing that busses should do is provide a regular service from where you are to where you want to be, and yet we still see three busses arriving within minutes of each other, then nothing for an hour, or worse still nothing arriving at all. This simply isn't good enough.

 

Tom Shaw is calling for better public transport

Focus on Direct Busses

The biggest problem though for those of us in Heywood and Norden who are dependent on Public Transport is the hour and a half to two hours it can take to get from Heywood to the City Centre. The Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester keeps promising us a Tram-Train to extend the Tram from Rochdale to Middleton and Heywood, but this still then has to run via Oldham and will still take up to one and a half hours to get into or out of Manchester City Centre. This is not only too long to wait, but when it arrives it threatens the future of the East Lancs Railway.

Until the tram comes, if it comes, people here in Heywood and Norden continue to suffer a public transport service that when operating at its best takes over an hour and a half each way, and is crowded with the children from two local colleges during peak hours in the morning. Our township deserves better. We need a direct bus into the City Centre straight down Manchester Road so that people aren't spending 3 hours every day on the bus to get to and from a decent job in the city, or to go to use the leisure and entertainment facilities.

We need a direct bus today, but again the Mayor of Greater Manchester has said that there will be no changes to the services until he has brought all the bus services in Greater Manchester into public control in January 2025, which means at least another year and a quarter of unnecessarily long journeys until he starts looking at whether to improve local services here.

Heywood and Norden should not have to wait another 15 months before the Greater Manchester Mayor will consider putting on a bus that has been missing from our lives for too long. The local Liberal Democrats are calling for the reinstatement of an express sevice from Norden, through Heywood and Hopwood and then direct down Manchester Road and into the City Centre immediately.

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Published and promoted by Paul Rowen on behalf of Andy Kelly (Liberal Democrats for a fair deal for all) both of 144 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1PS

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