A call for increased capacity on bus routes used by schoolchildren has been made by the MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

Tom Brake has described the “broken” public transport system as “failing ordinary people”.

He particularly thinks there needs to be more capacity on bus routes used by schoolchildren.

Mr Brake said: “In a time when climate change and poor air quality are becoming a greater and more present threat in our everyday lives, we should be able to rely on public transport as an efficient and clean alternative to commuting by car.

“The broken public transport system currently in place is failing the very people it is meant to serve and neglecting to listen to their voices.

“The meetings I have had with TfL and the Rail Minister are only the starting point to show those in charge of our buses and trains that they must up their game.

“The people of Carshalton and Wallington deserve better than the service TfL and Southern are providing.”

Mr Brake, who commutes on Southern rail himself,  recently called a meeting with representatives from TfL about residents’ transport concerns.

He wants TfL to take over the running of Southern’s suburban services.

Southern is run by Govia Thameslink (GTR) which saw thousands of services disrupted when it introduced a new timetable back in May.