Bus Services: Subsidies

Department for Transport written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of each journey on subsidised bus transport.

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

Net government support per passenger journey for local bus travel in England outside London was 60.1 pence in 2018-19. This includes 19.6 pence per journey of net public transport support, 5.7 pence per journey of Bus Service Operators Grant, and 22.7 pence per journey of concessionary travel spend. Concessionary travel spend is not a subsidy as bus operators are reimbursed for carrying concessionary passengers on a “no better off, no worse off” basis.

More information can be found in the bus0503 statistics table which can be found online with the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/bus05-subsidies-and-concessions

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