Public Transport: Rural Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the provision of public transport in rural areas.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The Government recognises the importance of public transport in rural areas.

All local authorities in England have powers to subsidise socially necessary bus services. The Department provides £43 million per year to local authorities to support this.

The Bus Services Act 2017 provides tools for local authorities to work more effectively with bus operators to improve bus services.

A number of projects from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund will provide new community transport links to support people at most risk of isolation.

On rail, the Department’s Community Rail Development Strategy, published in Nov 2018, looks for ways to make it easier for the rail industry and local community rail partnerships to improve services and stations on local branch lines.

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