SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Farron is to meet with transport minister, Baroness Vere, to discuss rural bus services in Cumbria.

Around 900 bus services have been cut in the North-West in the last decade.

Mr Farron launched a petition asking the Government to restore funding for bus subsidies.

The MP said: “Having had 40p in every pound of funding cut by the Government, local councils have to make the decision between subsidising bus services and spending money on adult social care.

“This is clearly unsustainable with so many of our communities being left stranded as a result.

“If the Northern Powerhouse is to mean anything to anyone north of Preston, then the provision of a comprehensive, affordable and reliable rural bus service in Cumbria needs to be a key part of it.”

To sign Tim’s petition, visit