St Helens MP Conor McGinn has launched a campaign to protect council-run bus firms from a proposed Government ban.
The Labour MP wants to help protect and improve local services.
I will be fighting this dangerous and ill thought out plan by the Government to ban councils from running bus companiesConor McGinn MP
He has joined the campaign to “take control of our buses” which is opposed to a planned new law that would stop local councils setting up new municipal bus companies.
Mr McGinn has already met local councillors and passengers who are worried about a shake-up by Merseytravel of bus services in Seneley Green.
He said: “I have already met councillors from Billinge and Seneley Green, as well as local bus users because of their worries about changes to local services.
“This Tory plan contained in the Bus Services Bill is a further threat to bus services which are a lifeline to many people.
“Since the deregulation of bus services 30 years ago, ticket prices have rocketed and services have worsened. Private firms continue to put profit before passengers.
“I will be fighting this dangerous and ill thought out plan by the Government to ban councils from running bus companies.
“Councils can play a vital role in running community services on less busy routes that private firms often ignore because they are more interested in chasing a profit.”