Bus Services: North East

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to increase funding for bus services in (a) Newcastle and (b) the North East.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Holding answer received on 26 February 2020

The £220 million Better Deal for Bus Users package provides new funding to transform bus services and includes a National Bus Strategy, which together will detail measures to improve bus services.

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

This includes an extra £30 million for local authorities in 2020/21.

If the North East Joint Transport Committee (responsible for public transport policy in Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland) complete statements of intent demonstrating how they will meet the funding requirements, they will be provided with the additional allocation of £1,454,485.

In addition, there is £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. This package of investment will boost bus services by focusing on a range of priorities, set to include: higher frequency services, new priority schemes will make routes more efficient, more affordable simpler fares and at least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses.

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