Mellor welcomes Shadow Transport Secretary
Mellor has welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Jim McMahon, to its production facility today. As part of a campaign to ensure that Government is held to account on its promises around zero-emission bus funding, the Shadow Transport Secretary was invited to tour Mellor’s manufacturing facilities and experience its electric Orion-E bus.
Labour’s ‘Make it in Britain’ campaign highlights that of 4,000 zero-emission buses promised by government 18 months ago, it has only made funding commitments for 500 vehicles so far. Mellor has recently been highlighting what it describes as the Government’s ‘big bus bias’. It notes no funding is available for manufacturers of buses with less than 23-passengers capacity. This, it says, gives local authorities less choice when it comes to investing in more efficient, size and cost-appropriate vehicles.
Shadow Transport Minister, Sam Tarry, has already voiced his concern about ‘big bus bias’ by raising the issue in the House of Commons earlier this year.
“The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and his colleagues have been highly supportive in our campaign against government’s ‘big bus bias’” – Bus Division Managing Director, Mark Clissett
Bus Division Managing Director, Mark Clissett, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Rt. Hon. Jim McMahon to our manufacturing facility in Rochdale earlier today. The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and his colleagues have been highly supportive in our campaign against government’s ‘big bus bias’ and continue to be a strong voice in ensuring all areas of society can benefit from zero emissions, size-appropriate buses.”