Richard Holden MP has today backed Go North East’s funding bid for zero-emissions buses at the Consett depot. Richard has held regular meetings with Go North East and other local bus companies over the last few months and visited Go North East’s Hownsgill depot on the 2nd of October last year.
Improving local transport was one of Richard’s key six election pledges and he has already submitted two bids for the ‘Restoring Your Railway Fund’–one of which has been successful and one of which is currently being looked–but it is clear for many of the smaller towns and villages in North West Durham that public access via bus is crucial as well.
Commenting Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham said:
“For too long, our local bus networks have not matched up to the needs of our towns and villages and I have been determined to do something about it.
“I am backing big bids for rail (the Weardale line), road (such as the Toft Hill by-pass) and improvements to cycling and walking with options for public transport (such as Consett to Tyne route) locally but for many of my rural villages buses are essential. That is why I am backing this bid.
“I am determined to deliver better connectivity for local people in towns and villages across North West Durham in an environmentally sustainable way. That is why this bid is so important.”