Support for Bus Manufacturers

Transport – in the House of Commons on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby

What steps his Department is taking to support UK bus manufacturers in (a) Scarborough and Whitby constituency and (b) England.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

We are committed to providing at least 4,000 British-built zero-emission buses through our £5 billion funding package for buses and cycling.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby

If 2020 has been a tough year for bus and coach operators, it has been even worse for manufacturers such as Alexander Dennis Plaxton in Scarborough. We have heard on a number of occasions today of the £5 billion announced in February for 4,000 zero-emission British-built buses, but does the Minister agree with me that we need to get this money out of the door very quickly indeed if we are to avert a crisis on the production lines?

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I thank my right hon. Friend for his question. I completely agree with what he says, and I commend him for what he has been doing to support manufacturers in his constituency. The Government have announced over £700 million in support for the bus and light rail sector already to date, and we are also providing £50 million for Britain’s first all-electric bus town and the £20 million rural mobility fund, which will support additional jobs. However, I agree with him, and I hope that we will make an announcement soon.