MUCH more must be done to make public transport a viable alternative, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has said.
In an exclusive interview with the Solihull News during a visit to the borough last week, Mrs Lucas said that many bus routes just didn’t meet the needs of residents.
She said the Government needed to put extra pressure on bus companies to provide more regular services and cheaper fares.
“There are big campaigns to encourage people to leave their car behind, but that’s no good if there are no buses running,” she said.
“Yet there are villages where there is no service at all after six o’clock - it completely stops - so it just isn’t an option.
“Public transport is a public service and there’s an argument it would be better in public hands.
“But with the system we’ve got, there should be tougher rules to keep the prices down and make sure places are covered by routes.”
Mrs Lucas, who became her party’s first MP in 2010, visited St James’ CofE Junior School, in Shirley. The entire roll-call of 62 pupils took part in a “trashion show” wearing outfits made of recycled materials.
“There has been a real revolution in teaching about the environment in schools,” said Mrs Lucas. “It’s absolutely vital.”
Afterwards she visited nearby Shirley Park, with Green Party councillors showing her the land that will be lost to the Parkgate scheme.
The Brighton Pavilion MP said green spaces “weren’t a luxury” and should be preserved.