Bus Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 11:30 am, 16th July 2015

I note my hon. Friend’s concern, but I believe that decisions about funding to support local bus services are best made at local level. I would say, however, that the Government are continuing to make substantial funding available to bus operators and local authorities through the £250 million bus service operators grant. Additionally, I understand that FirstGroup has made significant investment in local buses in south Hampshire. All the buses in that area are fitted with free wi-fi, and most are fitted with next-stop displays and audio announcements. This is being delivered in partnership with Solent Transport and with Department for Transport funding, and therefore involves a mixture of public and private funding. I share with my hon. Friend a desire to see a strong bus sector.