Bus Services: Finance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £200 million of increased funding to transform bus services announced in the Spending Round 2019 he plans to allocate in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Wirral and (d) Wallasey.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

On 30 September, the Government announced a package worth £220 million to transform bus services.

We will shortly be seeking expressions of interest from local authorities and bus operators in developing an all-electric bus town or city. Up to £50 million will be invested to contribute to new buses and the supporting infrastructure.

We will also be seeking expressions of interest for the new £20 million fund for trialling on-demand services in rural and suburban areas.

The Government will also pay an extra £30 million directly to local authorities in 2020/21 to enable them to improve current bus services or to restore lost services.

The Government will fund a 4 year ‘Superbus’ pilot in Cornwall to bring down fares. We are also exploring whether a further pilot could be developed to decrease fares and improve frequencies in an urban area through the local authority and bus operators entering into a partnership to deliver a Superbus network. The local authority would provide capital investment in bus lanes and other bus priority measures, in exchange for the bus operators delivering high frequency services.

Further details of the package can be found online with the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-better-deal-for-bus-users/a-better-deal-for-bus-users

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