WEARSIDERS are helping to shape national decisions on bus travel.
The influential House of Commons Transport Committee is holding an inquiry into “bus services after the spending review” and is gathering evidence from different sources.
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson, pictured, is gathering gripes – and praise – from people in her backyard with her Big Bus Survey.
Now MPs on the transport committee have asked those taking part in the survey to help them examine the issue.
“When they publish a report, companies and the Government listen,” said Ms Phillipson.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to make their voice heard about the bus services which matter to them.
“By completing the survey on my site local people will be helping the Transport Select Committee – its role is to question the Department for Transport and its policies.
“This just shows when local people make their voice heard through survey’s like The Big Bus Survey it does make a difference and will help change things for the better.”
As well as publishing the results of the Big Bus Survey – which has already won Government praise – Ms Phillipson is asking people to put their views directly to the committee through a special edition of the survey.
Marek Kubala, second clerk of the transport committee, wrote to Ms Phillipson stating: “The committee has agreed that it wishes to actively encourage public participation to this inquiry, specifically by bus users.
“The committee agreed that one way to do this would be to identify, and act upon petitions related to bus services and comments made by members in the House.
“I notice that, during Business Questions on March 25, 2011, you mentioned a campaign that you had launched in respect of local bus services in your constituency.
“I would appreciate it if you could please contact the local people involved in the campaign to see if they wish to submit evidence to the committee before the deadline.”
To get involved, visit www.bridgetphillipson.co.uk.