MP to host meet­ing over bus ser­vice cuts

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AS THE MP for Read­ing East pre­pares to chair a meet­ing over Wood­ley and Ear­ley buses, his po­lit­i­cal op­po­sites have crit­i­cised him for a “shock­ing si­lence” on the is­sue. On Satur­day morn­ing, Matt Rodda will in­vite res­i­dents to the gath­er­ing to talk about re­duc­tions of ser­vices to the 19a/c Read­ing Buses routes. Wok­ing­ham Con­ser­va­tives said that Labour’s in­volve­ment is “too lit­tle, too late” and that Mr Rodda’s stance has been at odds with his in­volve­ment in a sim­i­lar cam­paign in Caver­sham. They are now call­ing on Mr Rodda to work with coun­cil­lors of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to pub­licly re­quest that Read­ing Buses re­in­state the ser­vices and in­crease the fund­ing. Cllr Ali­son Swad­dle, Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil­lor (WBC) for Bul­mer­she & White­gates ward, said: “Lo­cal coun­cil­lors are deeply con­cerned that our lo­cal MP seems to have noth­ing to say up un­til now on this is­sue. “Why has Mr Rodda been so keen to speak out about ser­vices in Caver­sham, but not those in Wood­ley and Ear­ley? “Could it be that Mr Rodda, who has in­volve­ment in Read­ing Buses through Read­ing Bor­ough Coun­cil, has seen no po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage in help­ing Wood­ley and Ear­ley res­i­dents liv­ing in Con­ser­va­tive-run Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough? But Mr Rodda said that Satur­day is a non-po­lit­i­cal pub­lic meet­ing in Wood­ley to dis­cuss pro­posed cuts to bus ser­vices open to all He added: “I hope coun­cil­lors, res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups can work to­gether to find a way to fund the bus ser­vices.”  The meet­ing is at the Oak­wood Cen­tre from 11am.

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