Shadow Transport Secretary shows support for Rochdale-based Mellor with factory visit

Rochdale-based Mellor, one of the UK’s leading bus manufacturers, welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Jim McMahon, to its production facility today.

Key points:

  • Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, visited bus manufacturer’s facility in Rochdale
  • Mellor is one of the UK’s largest bus manufacturers and a pioneer of zero emissions size and cost-appropriate buses
  • Labour is calling for government to support the making, buying and selling of more zero emission buses post-Covid
  • Mellor has previously raised concerns about UK government’s ‘big bus bias’ around zero emission vehicle funding, which currently excludes buses with less than 23 passenger capacity

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 all-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. However, no funding is available for manufacturers of buses with less than 23-passengers capacity, giving local authorities less choice when it comes to investing in more efficient, size and cost-appropriate vehicles – an issue that Mellor calls ‘big bus bias’.

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.

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.”

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