Dudley MP Ian Austin stood up in Parliament to urge the Government to protect Ring and Ride services in the Black Country.
Ring and Ride provide specialist, accessible transport to thousands of disabled people and pensioners in the Black Country. This service is now under threat after the operator collapsed in to administration.
Austin urged Justin Tomlinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, and representatives from the Department of Transport to meet with him to discuss how the service can be saved for thousands of people in the Black Country who rely on the service for transport.
Ian Austin said:
“Ring and Ride is a lifeline for thousands of people in the Black Country. It helps disabled people to get to projects, socialise and help to boost their skills & confidence. For pensioners it can be their only transport, helping them to get out the house and combat loneliness & isolation.
“I think it would have a devastating effect on those who rely on it if the service was to collapse.
“I hope the Government will commit to saving Ring and Ride. I promise I’ll be doing what I can to save the service for people in the Black Country.”