MP seeks local level bus committees
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• A Private Member's Bill to empower the Greater London Council to set up further transport users' committees concerned particularly with London Transport bus services, is being promoted by Mr Nigel Spearing, Labour MP for Acton.
It would permit the GLC to establish committees in the '.boroughs and to make financial provision for them. The objective would be to improve communication between users at local level and management by means of direct contact which is at present lacking.
Mr Spearing considers that the existing London Transport Passenger Committee, while doing useful work, is inadequate for this role, and that bus service delays are contributing to what he described at a Press conference at the Commons last week as the "semi-crisis" state of transport in London.
"The results of these long gaps in services are very serious indeed," he said. "More and more people are deciding not to go by bus because of the risk of long waits. Travel to work is a necessity, most off-peak travel is optional, but it is this traffic that the buses must keep if we are to have a service at all."
Mr Spearing will seek permission to introduce his Bill in the Commons, on January 20, under the 10-minute rule. But without Government support, which almost certainly will not be forthcoming, it has little chance of becoming law.