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Bus Service Operators Grant

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of Bus Service Operators Grant announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer will include the allocation of new money for the bus industry.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 30 September, the Government announced a package of funding and policy measures to support buses, set out in A Better Deal for Bus Users. This includes £220 million of new funding for buses, in addition to the £250 million paid every year in Bus Service Operators Grant.

A Better Deal for Bus Users contains a commitment to review this Grant to ensure it supports the environment and improved passenger journeys.

It also included a commitment to produce a National Bus Strategy for England, accompanied by a long-term funding settlement to be agreed at the next Spending Review, expected to be in Summer 2020.

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